Rally Protesting Against Anti-Hindu Violence Results in Vandalized Mosque

On Tuesday, October 26, shops and houses were attacked during a rally in Panisagar, the North Tripura of the Tripura district in India. A mosque was also vandalized during a rally by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP). VHP, a right-wing non-political organization, was protesting the violence unfolding in Bangladesh.

The police inspector general, Subrata Chakraborty, said that the mosque and a couple of shops in the Chamtila and Rowa Bazaar were ransacked and vandalized. “These shops and houses reportedly belong to families from the [Muslim] minority community,” Chakraborty explained. “We have deployed an adequate number of police officers to maintain law and order and have registered a case,” he added.

A senior police official, speaking to a local news outlet, disclosed that the VHP crowd was chanting offensive language directed at the Muslims in the area.

Online coverage of the protests and violence in Tripura is trending on Twitter with the hashtag #TripuraMuslimsUnderAttack. People in social media criticized VHP for causing violence in their rallies despite claiming that their protest responded to the Hindu minority’s plight in Bangladesh.

Shekhar Datta, a journalist based in the area, explained that the perpetrators used the rallies to create disarray in the community. Datta added that these violent attacks are not religiously inspired. Instead, he claimed that specific individuals want to abuse their position by using the recent events in Bangladesh as an excuse to attack Muslim minorities in India.

Kamales Dhar, a magistrate for the Dharmanagar subdivision, announced that the state government has enforced Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure in the area to help control the violence.

Bhanupada Chakraborty, the police district superintendent, has announced that the situation has been de-escalated. “Last night, we spoke to leaders of both communities, and with their help, we have been able to bring the situation under control,” he explained.

VHP, which has nearly seven million members, holds a Hindu nationalist ideology. The group responded to the violent protests in Bangladesh that left 66 houses damaged, 20 of which are Hindu.

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