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Bihar govt allocates ₹29.78 crore for reconstruction of 110-year-old Madrasa set ablaze by Hindutva mob

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The madrasa contained more than 4,500 books which were destroyed in the fire, Mohammad Shahabuddin said to Maktoob. Photo: Meer Faisal/Maktoob

The Bihar government has allocated ₹29.78 crore for the reconstruction of Madrasa Azizia in Bihar Sharif, which was set ablaze by a Hindutva mob on 31 March this year.

The Madrasa, the oldest Madrasa and library in Bihar Sharif in Nalanda district of Bihar, contained more than 4,500 books that were destroyed in the fire.

It was established by Bibi Sogra in memory of her husband, Abdul Aziz, and she is recognized as one of the most respected philanthropists in the history of Bihar.

The 110-year-old library was vandalized by an armed Hindutva mob of around 1,000 people. The mob threw petrol bombs into the mosque and the library.

The armed people were chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram.’

Violence and vandalism marred Ram Navami Processions in several states of India, targeting Muslims. Hate speech and stone-pelting against places of worship and shrines were common in all the incidents, which occurred in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, West Bengal, and Gujarat.

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