Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has filed a plea in the Supreme Court of India, urging its intervention as properties of Muslims who were framed in the violence cases are bulldozed by the authorities in states governed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
“Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the dangerous politics of bulldozers that have been started to destroy minorities, especially Muslims under the guise of crime prevention in BJP-ruled states,” JUH president, Arshad Madani, tweeted on Sunday.
Last week, authorities in Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat demolished dozens of homes and shops, all of them belonging to Muslims who were arbitrarily arrested or booked in the case related to anti-Muslim violence during the Ram Navami festival.
In the petition before the top court, the Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind said the policy of using bulldozers has been “started to destroy minorities, especially Muslims, under the guise of crime prevention in BJP-ruled states.”
“The governments are doing what the courts used to do. It seems the rule of law in India is over now,” read a statement of JUH.
Human rights groups, Muslim bodies, and opposition party leaders have been calling upon the Madhya Pradesh BJP government to stop the demolition of homes and shops belonging to Muslims in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone city.
Amnesty International India Chair Aakar Patel said that the demolition of private property of people suspected of rioting allegedly without the due process was “a major blow to the rule of law.”
The government should run a bulldozer over problems of the people such as inflation and unemployment but the BJP’s bulldozer is carrying “hatred and terror”, Congress former chief Rahul Gandhi said.