Two days after violence erupted in Bjinor’s Pedda village, a dedicated police post has been set up, manned by one sub-inspector and five constables.
Police said it was a move to “allay fears” and “maintain peace and harmony” in the Muslim-dominated village after three people were killed allegedly by a Jat mob that fired indiscriminately at a Muslim family Friday.
Bijnor’s SP (City), M M Baig, said, “The decision to set up the police post was taken Saturday. It has been done to maintain peace in the area.”
The authorities also held two meetings in the village Sunday to applaud the Muslim community for maintaining peace. “We applaud the Muslim community, that they did not retaliate and stopped it from turning into a riot-like situation. There are people who are finding ways to make the situation bad. That is why we decided to hold a meeting in the village Sunday with both the communities to maintain peace and harmony,” said MLA Ruchi Veera.
Pedda village has 65 per cent Muslim population and, according to locals, around 1,500 voters. This village, along with Kachpura village — a Hindu-dominated village with a majority of Dalits — forms the Pedda gram panchayat with around 2,000 votes. In both villages, which are separated by a road, Jats are engaged in farming and own agricultural land. The rest of the population is mostly labourers, with Muslims engaged in house painting and Dalits in sub-contracted work with the electricity department.
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The pradhan of Pedda panchayat, Dilawar Singh, an accused in the case, is absconding.