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Photos: Burnt by Hindutva mob and bulldozed by BJP govt; Muslim lives in Khargone

Salma Bi, a widowed mother of three is a resident of Sanjay Nagar in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. Salma Bi’s house was among the 5 houses of Muslims burnt by Hindutva mob in Sanjay Nagar area. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob

In Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone, anti-Muslim violence that emanated from Ram Navami processions on 10 April left a trail of destruction for the Muslim community.

Dozens of Muslim houses were set on fire by Hindutva rioters on 10 April. A day after, on 11 April, the Madhya Pradesh BJP government demolished homes and shops belonging to Muslims.

Hindutva violence broke out in the Talab Chowk area of the Khargone city. Subsequently, anti-Muslim violence unleashed in the Gaushala Marg, Tabadi Chowk, Sanjay Nagar and Motipura areas. Ibris, 28-year-old Muslim was killed during the violence and at least 40 were injured in the violence by Hindutva groups.

Rashida Bi’s house along with the houses of 21 Muslim families were razed to the ground in broad daylight by BJP controlled government authorities in April 2020. This was followed an anti-Muslim violence unleashed by Hindutva groups against these Muslims during a Ram Navami possession. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob
A plastic factory of Arif Sufi was set on fire by Hindutva mob on 15 April midnight. Everything in the factory were burnt into ashes. Arif says to Maktoob he is in loss of at least four to five million lacs Indian rupee and his only means of earning has gone forever. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob
A plastic factory of Arif Sufi was set on fire by Hindutva mob on 15 April midnight. Everything in the factory were burnt into ashes. Arif says to Maktoob he is in loss of at least four to five million lacs Indian rupee and his only means of earning has gone forever. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob
Mohsin Khan had only one source of income: his mobile shop. On 11 April, the shop was demolished in the Madhya Pradesh BJP-led government’s “anti-encroachment” drive in Khargone. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob
Mohammad Nadeem Shaikh, a 36-year-old resident of Gulshan Nagar, was sleeping in his house with his family when he heard his house being demolished. In the presence of many police officials and other functionaries, his house was being razed to the ground by a JCB. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob
“Although we were extremely terrified, we dared to open the door to interrogate but the officers dragged me and my three brothers out of our home and started beating us ruthlessly. It was around 50 officers assaulting and streeling us around” said Mohammad Nadeem Shaikh, tearing up. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob
In Khargone’s Anand Nagar area, on 10 April, a Hindu mob carrying swords attacked elderly woman Mehroon and tried to slash her face. When another Muslim woman Zubaida tried to stop the rioters, they turned their swords against her too. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob
Amina had her bakery near Talab Chowk in Khargone. It was demolished by the government authorities. Amina said to Maktoob that her husband was framed by the police in the cases of violence and she lives in a rented accommodation now. “We are in a devastated condition,” the Muslim woman said. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob
Shazia Begum lost her house and money in the anti-Muslim violence unleashed by Hindu mob at Kazipura Gaushala Marg in Khargone. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob
Twenty-eight-year-old Ibris Khan went missing on 10 April evening when Hindutva violence broke out during a Ram Navami procession in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone. A week after on 17 April, his family discovered his body 120 kilometres away at the M.Y. Hospital morgue, in Indore. While the post-mortem report states that Ibris died of severe head injuries, Ibris’s wife and family members have accused the police and the Hindu rioters of being involved in the killing of Ibris. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob
Hafiz Mohammad Shaheed who owns a truck was brutally beaten by Hindutva rioters on 10 April at Talab Chowk area in Khargone. Hafis said to Maktoob that his vehicles were vandalised bu the mob. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob
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