The attacks by Hindu mobs on Muslim localities in Delhi towards the end of February has resulted in the burning of mosques, businesses, homes, vehicles and a death toll of almost 50 people with more than 250 injured, many with bullet wounds with accusations of police complicity.
A mob shouting “Jai Shri Ram” (hail Lord Ram), on Tuesday 25 February attacked a mosque, terrorising the worshippers out of the premises, beating the Imam and others worshippers and killed the muezzin.
They then hoisted a saffron flag symbol of the Hindutva extremists setting fire to the mosque and then parading around the burning mosque in the Ashok Nagar area of the capital New Delhi.
The shops around the area were looted and then set on fire while the Mob selectively targeted people who looked like Muslims, sometimes reportedly identifying them by taking their pants down.
Many Muslim neighbourhoods were attacked areas such as Karawal Nagar, Maujpur, Bhajanpura, Vijay Park and Yamuna Vihar in the Indian capital
A number of journalists were confronted, their cameras confiscated and if they were found to be Muslims were mercilessly beaten.
All this carnage happened while Narendra Modi, Indian PM was entertaining the US President Donald Trump in the same city.
Bernie Sanders, the leading Democratic presidential candidate said, “Over 200 million Muslims call India home. Widespread anti-Muslim mob violence has killed at least 27 and injured many more. Trump responds by saying, “That’s up to India.” This is a failure of leadership on human rights.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) the 2nd largest inter-governmental organization after the United Nations with 57 member states, mostly Muslim majority countries has condemned the anti-Muslim violence in Delhi.
“OIC condemns the recent alarming violence against Muslims in India, resulting in the death and injury of innocent people and the arson and vandalism of mosques and Muslim-owned properties.”
“The OIC calls on Indian authorities to bring the instigators and perpetrators of these acts of anti-Muslim violence to justice and to ensure the safety and security of all its Muslim citizens and the protection of Islamic holy places across the country.”
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, (USCIRF), an international body has expressed “grave concern” over violence “targeted against a minority community.”
Since December 2019 members of the Muslim community throughout India often led by women alongside political and social activists, writers, artists and students from all communities have been peacefully protesting against anti-Muslim legislation being enacted by the Hindu nationalist BJP government led by PM Modi.
A number of BJP politicians have been labelling the protestors as anti-nationals and calling for attacks against them through hate speeches.
There were three armed attacks by extremists within a week early in February at Shaheen Bagh near Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi.
The current spate of rioting has been specifically attributed to the ruling BJP’s Kapil Mishra who gave a speech in the presence of senior police officers on Saturday 22 February threatening vigilante action against anti-CAA protesters once US President Donald Trump, who visited the country during that week had left.
Delhi has a police force of 84,000 personnel and they failed to stop the violence that continued for four days where they have been accused of facilitating the rioters in their attack on Muslims.
The inability of the Delhi police to handle the riots in the country’s capital seems to be a recurring sign of state complicity in attacks against peaceful protestors.
It also shows the audacity of a mob openly carrying out acts of arson and violence on the streets of the capital with a sense of impunity without fear of being caught and punished.
Pro-Hindutva mobs have beaten up anyone who identified as or looked Muslim, and destroyed Muslim property.
The rioters have been openly expressing hatred of Muslims saying they resent Muslims for protesting against discriminatory legislation CAA/NRC
Hindutva leaders and their supporters basically want the Muslims to live in fear as second class citizens in India and not to assert their rights or protest against injustice, otherwise they will be lynched as happened during this week in New Delhi.