Communal tension in Uttarakhand town over offensive Facebook post

After the 15-year-old Muslim boy posted "offensive" pictures of the shrine on Facebook, the situation in Satpuli town, which has no history of communal tensions, remained tense throughout Sunday afternoon, till the police reached the spot to keep the situation under control.

By: Express News Service | Dehradun | Published: July 9, 2017 8:13 pm
uttarakhand communal violence, uttarakhand violence, Communal tension in Uttarakhand, Pauri Superintendent of Police Jagatram Joshi said, “The situation is under control. We have deployed the police in Satpuli and we shall now act on the FIR and track the minor.”

Communal tension erupted in Pauri Garhwal district’s Satpuli town, on Sunday afternoon, after members of right-wing organisations vandalised a shop belonging to a minor boy’s family whose Facebook post on the Kedarnath shrine was considered “offensive” by the members of right-wing organisations. After the 15-year-old Muslim boy posted “offensive” pictures of the shrine on Facebook, the situation in Satpuli town, which has no history of communal tensions, remained tense throughout Sunday afternoon, till the police reached the spot to keep the situation under control.

On Sunday evening an FIR was filed against the minor in the Satpuli police station by one Jagdamba Dangwal. The FIR was was filed under Section 295 (a) of the IPC (for a deliberate act to outrage religious feelings) and Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act (for “offensive” post online), Station Officer of Satpuli police station Rakender Kathait said.

Pauri Superintendent of Police Jagatram Joshi said, “The situation is under control. We have deployed the police in Satpuli and we shall now act on the FIR and track the minor.”

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    Jay
    Jul 10, 2017 at 4:48 am
    The biggest threat for us will be the future loss of our cherished freedoms, particularly our heritage which was responsible, in the first place, for the democratic secular way of life and for the rise of the concepts of equality, liberty, tolerance and the human rights of every individual. Muslims in Europe and India are now enjoying these freedoms and rights, which are actually denied to the inhabitants of their countries of origin, particularly the Christian Jews and Hindu minorities. Some hope that Muslims in minorities will eventually integrate and help eliminate the threats of radical Islam. Unfortunately, the signs are not encouraging for the foreseeable future, and it is no good being naïve and say that Islamic radicalism is the product of poverty, for most of the perpetrators of 9/11, 7/7, 9/26, mumbai blast,and other atrocities were not deprived individuals but university educated. Unless a real reformation takes place within Islam, we shall have serious reasons to worry.
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      Jay
      Jul 10, 2017 at 4:43 am
      The problem lies with the nature of Islam itself. It is not just a religion, but a theological and political ideology at the heart of which lies the belief that Islam is not only superior to other religions but the only one acceptable to Allah (Qur’an 3:85). Muslims are repeatedly urged to fight and subjugate all non-Muslims until they convert (Qur’an 2:216, 3:169, 4:74-76, 9:29, etc.). That is why Muslims find it so difficult to live as a minority and to integrate into the majority. That is also why radical Muslims, who follow literally the ctions of the Qur’an, have such a hold over the rest of the “moderate” Muslims who are too frightened to stand up to them. Young Muslims are being increasingly radicalised and pose an obvious source of danger to Europe and the European way of life. The goal of Muslim radicals is nothing short of establishishing sharia jihadi rule.
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        Jay
        Jul 10, 2017 at 4:40 am
        For years numerous Muslim leaders have been bragging openly about an Islamic takeover of Europe. Back in 1974, Algerian President Boumedienne announced at the U.N. General Assembly: “Millions of (Muslim) men are leaving the southern hemisphere to burst into the northern one…not as friends, but as conquerors,, for they will conquer by populating it with children.” Similarly, in 2006, Libya’s Qaddafi stated: “We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe—without swords, guns or battles. Europe will turn into an Islamic continent within a few decades.” Today, no battles are needed, for British and European politicians have opened the doors to millions of Muslims, while either ignoring or not realising the serious implications involved. the problem lies with the nature of Islam itself. It is not just a religion, but a theological and political ideology at the heart of which lies the belief that Islam is superior to other religions
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          Jay
          Jul 10, 2017 at 4:38 am
          A new report released on January 28, 2011 predicts that the worldwide Muslim population is set to increase by 35 per cent in the next couple of decades. The above statistics should not really surprise us, for it is part of the Muslim psyche to increase and spread their ummah (community) in order for Islam to dominate and triumph. This is being done through the channels of a high birth rate, continued migration and aggressive proselytising. In 1900 there were about 50,000 Muslims in Western Europe, but by 1970 the number grew to 3-4 million, and by 2008 it exceeded 25 million. The U.K. net inflow of Muslim immigrants in 2010 (about 65,000) was forecast to be nearly as large as France’s. Around 30 per cent of all new immigrants to the U.K. in 2010 were Muslims. For years numerous Muslim leaders have been bragging openly about an Islamic takeover of Europe.
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            Mannu
            Jul 10, 2017 at 4:22 am
            Those who benefit most from Communal Riots may be behind this. First a 17 year old Hindu boy posted offensive images on FB, then BJP MLA from Madhya Pradesh posted video clip and image from Bhojpuri Movie accusing Muslims of doing it. Then a very old video from Bangladesh was also posted and linked to Violence taking place in WB. In that case the Hindu boy told his FB account was hacked by right wing extremists. Now same happening in Uttaranchal. After Mob Lynchers failed to stroke Communal Rights all over country now new tricks being used by Extremists to start communal violence. People are educated and Religious Zeolots and Politicians bent on inciting communal Riots may fail and reap nothing out of it because their act being exposed daily. It is not Gujarat of 2002 but 2017 when huge percentage has become literates.
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            1. Roby Mani
              Jul 10, 2017 at 5:04 am
              I fully agree with what you say Mannu. It is refreshing to see such broad thinking persons like you airing your views out here, rather than the narrow minded and parochial BJP bhakts and followers of Amit Shah whose actions are in view of the vested interest they have in creating turmoil for political gain. This strategy may work for some time but will finally fail as people will see through it and throw them out.
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