VHP extremists molest Muslim women, set ablaze shops in Tripura

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A mosque was vandalised and shops and houses were attacked in the Panisagar sub-division of North Tripura district of India during a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) rally.

According to Kashmir Media Service, speaking with media, additional inspector general (AIG) of police (law and order) Subrata Chakraborty said that a mosque was ransacked and a few shops and houses were vandalised in Chamtila and Rowa Bazaar areas under the Panisagar sub-division.

While the rally was ostensibly a protest against communal violence in Bangladesh, the scenes witnessed in the northeastern state were starkly reminiscent of the violence itself.

“Some miscreants attacked a small mosque, some shops and some houses during the VHP rally. These shops and houses reportedly belong to families from the Muslim community. The incident took place near Chamtila and Rowa Bazaar area. We have registered a case,” Chakraborty said.

Meanwhile, a video showing the vandalism has gone viral on social media and people who were part of the rally could be heard chanting anti-Muslim and anti-Islam slogans.

“We have registered a case. Some members of the minority community registered a case against some unknown VHP workers. They [VHP workers] chanted some provocative slogans during the rallies. We are investigating the matter and collecting all video footage,” the senior police officials said on condition of anonymity.

The opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) state secretariat body has condemned the violence and demanded the arrest of the culprits.

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