How Samadhan Sena kept the communal pot boiling

The Samadhan Sena, unknown outside Dadri, was set up in June by Govind Chaudhary, a resident of Virpura village. His house in Virpura was locked on Wednesday as was the Sena’s office in Jarcha village.

Written by Apurva | Dadri | Updated: October 2, 2015 7:32 am
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The death of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri’s Bisara village may have been shocking, but in villages within a 10-kilometre radius of the crime scene, it is hardly surprising. For four months now, a little-known organisation called the Samadhan Sena has kept the communal pot boiling in villages across Dadri, drumming up issues like Muslim shops in Hindu areas, loudspeakers in mosques and cow slaughter.

The Samadhan Sena, unknown outside Dadri, was set up in June by Govind Chaudhary, a resident of Virpura village. His house in Virpura was locked on Wednesday as was the Sena’s office in Jarcha village. The office was shut a few weeks ago, after Chaudhary was arrested for attacking the Jarcha village pradhan’s son. He was released on bail earlier this week.

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“He is a nuisance in this area,” said Virpura village pradhan, Aman.

According to residents of Jarcha, Chaudhary held meetings which were attended by youth in the age group of 16-20 years.

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At the meetings, they were told about issues that had never bothered them before — like cow slaughter and the “declining” population of Hindus.

Bisara is less than 10 kilometres from Jarcha, which also houses the police station for the area.

“There was a shop on the main road which closed overnight, and banners were put up that read ‘Samadhan Sena’. A few days later, they started holding meetings in Jarcha and the surrounding villages. A month later, Jarcha witnessed its first communal incident,” recalled Ehsan Ilahi, pradhan of Jarcha village.

Ehsan’s son Adil was attacked by a mob for opening a shop in the village. “They attacked my son for opening a small shop to repair fans saying the shop was built on land meant for Hindus. What is Hindu land and Muslim land in a village?” asked Ehsan. He added that the police had arrested those involved, including Chaudhary.

Just two months ago, in Kaimrala village in Dadri, three men — Arif, Anas and Nazim — were lynched by a mob of villagers for alleged cattle smuggling. Villagers intercepted a vehicle they believed was involved in cattle smuggling. Two buffaloes were dragged out of the vehicle, which was then set on fire. The three men who were inside the vehicle were beaten to death.

Recently, Chaudhary was asked to leave Baghpat district after provisions of the Uttar Pradesh Goondas Act were invoked against him. Dadri Deputy Superintendent of Police Anurag Singh said the police had begun the process of invoking similar sections in Gautam Buddh Nagar district as well. Speaking to The Indian Express, Senior Superintendent of Police Kiran S said, “We are probing all angles while investigating the lynching in Bisara, including what may have led to it.”

Dadri’s BSP MLA Satveer Singh Gurjjar blamed the BJP. “They have been active in this area for months now. After Muzaffarnagar, they want to target the communal harmony here. They use several small splinter organisations to achieve this, and one of them is the Samadhan Sena,” he alleged.

A few kilometres away from Jarcha is Kalaunda village. The Samadhan Sena reportedly convinced the priest of the only temple here to install loudspeakers. “Hindus and Muslims lived in harmony here even through the Babri Masjid incident, but now there are frequent fights. It started after the temple installed loudspeakers… devotional songs are played as soon as Azaan begins,” said the village pradhan, Hashmat Haji.

It’s the same story in Cholas, some kilometres away. Here, a fight between school children turned communities against each other. “All children fight, but this happened outside a temple, between a Hindu child and Muslim child. What do children know about religion? They never hate anything. The Samadhan Sena holds meetings in this area every Friday and they stoke tension between us. I don’t understand this,” said the village pradhan, Badshah Ali.

Back in Kalaunda, the father of an 18-year-old youth who regularly attends the Samadhan Sena meetings is bewildered. “I don’t understand where this strange radical thought process comes from. One day, he was talking about movie stars and item numbers. The next day he began saying the population of Hindus in the country has dipped. I have asked him not to attend these meetings, but do young boys listen these days,” he said, refusing to be identified.

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    NitinB
    Oct 1, 2015 at 8:51 am
    Hindus are facing an unprecedented crisis. Look how the death of 1 Moslem is driving seculars crazy. Thousands of Hindus have been butchered in Kashmir, Kerala & West Bengal. No secular cries for them. Life of Hindus is less precious for these Hinduphobes.
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      Shailesh
      Oct 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm
      Oye sabir.....what about owaisi ?
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        Shailesh
        Oct 3, 2015 at 11:47 am
        The point is uniform civil code , u dumba
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          Aloena
          Oct 1, 2015 at 9:34 am
          The RSS was always against India. Initially, they opposed the freedom fighters and supported the British. Then they opposed the Indian Flag and Consution. Now, they are inciting Indians against each other. Why can't people see that the RSS (and BJP) are only interested in destroying India?
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            Aloena
            Oct 1, 2015 at 9:36 am
            The RSS was always against India. Initially, they opposed the freedom fighters and supported the British. Then they opposed the Indian Flag and Consution. Now, they are inciting Indians against each other. Why can't people see that the RSS (and BJP) are only interested in destroying India?
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              Aneesh Nair
              Oct 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm
              As long as people in India act like total morons it will not have any respect in the international community and as a nation it fails because of the religion, politics and supersions !! way to go India.
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                bluemonkey
                Oct 1, 2015 at 9:30 am
                Seems so similar to a terrorist camp setup in POK.
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                  bevivek
                  Oct 1, 2015 at 10:56 am
                  Whether he would die if he didn't eat meat is not material. You have no right to adopt violence or worse against people whose ideology you don't agree with. That is gunda gardi at its worst.
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                    Hanuman
                    Oct 1, 2015 at 9:12 pm
                    Right. Even worse, India seems to have not yet gained the respect of its own citizens. Does the Samadhan Sena and this lynching mob have any iota of respect for the laws of the land, the consution, the culture of India?
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                      Indiana Jones
                      Oct 1, 2015 at 8:16 am
                      Dear PM, before proceeding on the next foreign trip please call for old newspapers to see what's happening here in the country when you were away. Digital india in a divided india will do no one any good.
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                        Sabanam Ishaque
                        Oct 4, 2015 at 1:55 pm
                        Dear Niyas, normally muslims avoid truth, when it is disturbing and stemming fromj hateful islamic religion!! Example, why they consider Hindu's as disrespectable idol worshipper Kafers and muslims do not disrespect Hindu's !!! Please deny that your qow-run does not take Hindu's as Idol worshipper KAFERS ?? Truth cannot be avoided !! And religion cannot be a basis to create disrespect to others, what islum actually does
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                          Sabanam Ishaque
                          Oct 5, 2015 at 4:38 pm
                          Does these great madrasa's denounce taking Hindu's as "Kafirs" or they stay neutral and keep mum ?
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                            Sabanam Ishaque
                            Oct 4, 2015 at 1:35 pm
                            Muslims !!!
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                              Sabanam Ishaque
                              Oct 4, 2015 at 1:39 pm
                              Muslims love to insult non-muslim civilisation as "Kafers" and imagine their superiority.Kafer word is mentioned 256 times in Qow-run, so blaming and disrespecting others is one of the pillars of i-slum.
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                                George Cruz
                                Oct 1, 2015 at 10:33 pm
                                The COMMUNAL congress party is and has been dividing the people of India for vote bank politics supporting certain groups and demonizing the Hindus and has pla the 'Dalit card' while looting the country at the same time. Where was the news media to condemn communal congress party's support for terrorism in J&K and heinous conversion activities in the name of democracy/freedom to add these converted Christians to their vote bank????? Is it because of the Bjihar elections???
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                                  mapuapar
                                  Oct 1, 2015 at 1:01 pm
                                  The Sanghis... are doing all this... under different banners ... samadhan, Ram Sena ... Bajrang Dal, vishwa Hindu Parishad, Hindu Mahasabha, god only knows... how many outfits they have... Everything is hatched in Nagpur ... a Terrorist Policy making nobody is questioning them.... all politician are part of this drama... some are pseudosecular.... some is pressude... some one is sickular... one thing clear.... devide and gain
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                                    Lia Mirza
                                    Oct 1, 2015 at 3:52 pm
                                    Creating communal riots is favourite to Khangressi's
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                                      Lia Mirza
                                      Oct 1, 2015 at 6:37 pm
                                      Dear Haq sahab, can you tell why did you downvote ? Ashamed the hate kafer story comes out of your hate book Qow-run ?
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                                        Lia Mirza
                                        Oct 1, 2015 at 5:42 pm
                                        Dear Haq sahab, is your down voting applies for your frustration which you cannot logically reply and yet cannot defy your strange religion's instructions ?
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                                          Lia Mirza
                                          Oct 1, 2015 at 11:07 am
                                          It is you Sid, who eeds to grow from infanthood !!
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                                            Lia Mirza
                                            Oct 1, 2015 at 11:48 am
                                            It looks you are senseless and spreading hatred on behalf of kungees !!
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