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Mob attacks Hindus for performing Hanuman Arati during Ramadan

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In a shocking incident, Chikalthana area of Chhatrapati Sambhaji Nagar where a group of Muslims allegedly disrupted the performance of regular evening Aarti at a Hanuman Mandir.

As per the reports a mob barged into the temple and warned Hindus not to perform the Aarti for a month. Notably, the incident came a day after the month of Ramaan started on 11th March.

On 12th March, when the regular Tuesday evening Arati was going on in the Hanuman Mandir at Chikalthana’s Kamgar Colony, Islamists barged in and warned Hindus not to conduct prayers for a month. This clearly meant that they wanted the aarti to be stopped during the month of Ramadan.

A day after the incident, Hindus performed a Maha Aarti on 13th March as a mark of protest against the Islamist violence. The event was attended by over 1500 Hindus.

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According media reports, three Hindu youths were brutally assaulted during the clash on Tuesday. Following this, communal tensions were high in the area and police had to resort to mild lathicharge to bring the situation under control. It has been reported that women were also mistreated during the altercation.

The clash erupted over the timings of prayer as both Hindus and Muslims started their prayers on loudspeakers on Tuesday. Reports say that stone-pelting and sloganeering also transpired during the clash.

The attackers hurled stones at youths on their way to Kamgar Colony for the Aarti, injuring three. When the youths at the temple learned about the stone pelting incident, they became enraged. They gathered on Jalna Road, blocking traffic and chanting slogans. The injured Hindu youths were identified as Avinash Bondre, Sagar Banjare, and Shubham Rathod. They were taken to Zilla Hospital for treatment. Shubham told the police that they were on their way to the Hanuman Mandir for Aarti when they were pelted with stones. This generated panic and they hurried to Jalna Road in fright, leaving their motorcycles behind.

Notably, two cases have been filed in the matter. According to the complaint lodged by one Krishna Nage, the miscreants assaulted Rajni Gupta, Harilal Gupta, Krishna Nage, Raju Rothe, Ramsanai Gupta, and others. According to this complaint, CIDCO MIDC police have filed a case against Kamgar Colony residents Laila, Shakeel Jainuddin Shaikh, Akeel Jainuddin Shaikh, Anees Jainuddin, Rafiq Jainuddin Shaikh, Shoaib Salim Qureshi, and 12 others.

In addition, a case has been filed against Deepak Rajendra Chavan, Ajay Gaikwad, and 30 to 40 others for rioting in response to Assistant Police Officer (Faujdar) Vishnu Munde’s complaint.

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