2,000 men armed with swords, axes began attack in Ballabhgarh: FIR

The violence in Atali began Monday evening, the flashpoint of a five-year dispute over the construction of a mosque.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2015 12:28 pm
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The sheer brutality of the violence that took place during rioting at Atali Village in Ballabhgarh is revealed by the FIR filed in the case. Two thousand people armed with swords, axes, spears, country-made pistols, petrol and gas cylinders had unleashed the attack. The violence lasted less than half an hour, but lives had been changed forever.

The violence in Atali began Monday evening, the flashpoint of a five-year dispute over the construction of a mosque. The mosque, adjacent to a temple, was torched and the Muslims of the village fled overnight. No arrest has been made yet. Villagers alleged that the local police, which had deployed officers at the dispute site, pulled back their men minutes before the attack.

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According to the FIR, the violence began with stone-pelting when the Muslims gathered to pray around 5.30 pm. “In a little while, around 2,000 people gathered there. They had swords, axes, spears, country-made pistols, petrol and gas

The FIR names six individuals, who allegedly attacked the Muslims with these weapons. The FIR adds that some of the accused fired in the air, which led to further injuries. In the next half hour, 20 houses, three cars, one tractor trolley, two tempos, 15 motorbikes and two shops were burnt, the FIR recorded.

“The entire incident took place on May 25, 2015 between 5 pm and 6 pm. This fight is a planned attempt to create friction between the two communities (Muslims and Hindu),” says the FIR while alleging that the accused made a careful plan to “attack the mosque”, “loot and burn homes”.

The FIR also recreates the violence that left Naimuddin – a labourer working at the mosque – with severe injuries. It says that initially the accused tried to “kill him by burning him” and then “chopped off his fingers and toes with an axe”. He is still recuperating at the at the B K Hospital in Faridabad.

The FIR was lodged on Tuesday under sections 147, 148, 149 (rioting), 153B (assertions prejudicial to national integration), 452 (house trespass after preparation of assault), 427, 435, 436 (mischief by fire), 295 (defiling place of worship), 295A (outraging religious feelings), 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 IPC (criminal intimidation) and under sections of the
Arms Act.

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  1. K
    May 31, 2015 at 7:14 am
    Mischief in Modi land may land you in heaven?
    1. Razi Ashraf
      May 30, 2015 at 12:35 pm
      What language! What an ugly mind. What uncontrollable rage and revenge against the citizens of your own country. Hindus in modi's government have become demons of hate and violence . you hindus are basically pagans whom the Muslims and British tried their best to civilize. From your language and expression you are nothing but a modern day Savage. Too much idol worship yoni worship and phallus worship apart from cow drinking has made you savages also wold mindless rapists and killers. Shame on you monkeys. You don't even look human.
      1. V
        May 30, 2015 at 12:30 pm
        Indian express , the fact that you have gotten desperate to get readership is starkly visible in your reporting. There is an u written rule in journalism that one will not report the religion during any riots, since it might contribute to further problems across the country. Be a responsible daily!! Every thing in life is not about profit!!
        1. A
          May 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm
          no authenticity of this
          1. A
            May 30, 2015 at 11:52 am
            I am reading comments and they are really interesting. BABAREBABA says that "Congress wanted to reserve a big chunk for the vote banks and the media is stoking fire cunningly selecting some incidents and completely ignoring other." Well yes, muslims and christians are systemeticaly wiping out Hindus from India for thousand of years, which is a fact (But somehow Hindus are still the majority religion!! and percentage of Christians in India even after so called forced conversions is still less then 3%). Abhijit Pal writes that, "what a pleasure reading this - hindus for once giving muslims a little of what they do to others over the centuries....." then Abhijit follows with "the 2000 are kashmiri pandits cleansed from kashmir by pieceful muslims" and "because that is sickularism". hmmm........... good, by the same logic all the followers of vedic religion should be wiped out from India as they came from outside India and systematically wiped out dravadians. The most beautiful thing about our present government and its followers is that, anybody raising voice against injustice is automatically labelled sickular, anti-Indian, anti-hindu etc.
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