Chhattisgarh: Probe ordered into video showing pledge to boycott Muslims

The Chhattisgarh Police on Friday ordered a probe into a video showing Hindu group taking an oath to economically boycott Muslims.

The video which purportedly showed residents of a village in Surguja district taking a pledge to boycott Muslim vendors and end commercial transactions with Muslims went viral on social media.

“From today, we Hindus pledge that we will not sell our land or give it on lease to Muslims,” in the video a man administering the pledge is heard saying. “…We Hindus will not work as labourers and take up any other work for Muslims.”

The police said they were looking for the people who went to the village and gathered the residents to take the anti-Muslim pledge, Hindustan Times reported.

Surguja Collector Sanjeev Jha told Hindustan Times that the video surfaced after a recent communal clash in the region, in which the police have booked the accused persons.

Assistant Police Superintendent Vivek Shukla told PTI news agency that some people took advantage of the incident and provoked the villagers at Kundi Kala to take the pledge against Muslims.

“We are trying to identify those who administered the oath to the gathering,” he said.