Members of an Islamic organisation – Raza Academy in Mumbra – have called for a bandh in portions of the city in the aftermath of the Tripura riots. Raza Academy has urged on a nonviolent demonstration and has asked that no businesses be forced to close. On Friday morning, market places in Bhiwandi and Mumbra had closed their doors.
Condemning the attacks on Muslims in Tripura, we ordered for a peaceful voluntary protest on FridayFaziya Sheikh, member of Raza Academy in Mumbra
All stores in the city’s market districts were closed from 9 a.m. until roughly 5 p.m. Similarly, Bhiwandi had a bandh, with stores in the Lala Commercial Centre and key market areas remaining closed. At least 20 FIRs have been filed in Maharashtra in connection with stone-pelting during protests against communal violence in Tripura, and 20 people have been detained, according to police. Over 8,000 people gathered outside the district collector’s office in Amravati, Maharashtra, to present a memorandum seeking an end to crimes against minorities, authorities said. In a statement, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil claimed that protest marches held across the state in response to violence against the Muslim minority in Tripura had become violent in certain locations, but that the situation was under control.
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The Kotwali Police Department has filed 11 FIRs, including one for rioting. Ten people were detained. He said that an additional police force has been deployed in Amravati, including two companies of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), to avoid any untoward incidents and that the situation is now peaceful.
Stones were also thrown during a protest march in Malegaon, a communally sensitive town in the Nashik district, on Friday afternoon.
According to police, they used lathi-charge to disperse the mob. The incident resulted in the damage of a police vehicle.
In Malegaon, at least ten police officers were injured, including three officers.
In a statement, Maharashtra Home Minister Dilip Walse-Patil said that protest marches held across the state in response to violence against the Muslim community in Tripura had turned violent in some places, but that the situation was under control.
A memorandum was presented to Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari by the Raza Academy, a Muslim organisation. It had demanded that those who had been harmed by the violence in Tripura be compensated and that mosques that had been damaged be reconstructed.
In Muslim-dominated areas of Mumbai, such as Bhendi Bazar, Mohammad Ali Road, Kurla, and Mumbra and Bhiwandi in Thane, a bandh was also observed.
Nitesh Rane, a BJP MLA, claimed on Saturday that Raza Academy is a “terrorist organisation” that is responsible for “violence and riots in various parts of Maharashtra.”
Meanwhile, Tripura Inspector General (IG), Law and Order in-charge, Saurabh Tripathi, previously stated that fake photos and videos depicting the violence in Panisagar, Tripura, were widely circulated on social media, with some ‘anti-national’ and ‘disturbing’ elements spreading them.
“We appealed to people to observe a bandh against the atrocities in hurtful slogans by VHP workers in Tripura. We didn’t force anyone. They did it voluntarily,” said Raza Academy general secretary Saeed Noorie.