A mob vandalized a traditional madrasa in Bidar district of Karnataka. The police have registered a case against 9 people but no one has been arrested so far. Muslim organizations have threatened to hold a protest if they are not arrested by October 7. The incident took place on the Dussehra day at the Mahmud Gwan Madrasa, built in Bidar in the 1460s. This Madrasah comes under the Archeological Survey of India (ASI). This building is included in the list of monuments of national importance.
Assembly elections are due in the state soon, which is seen as a polarizing BJP attempt. Despite such a serious incident, the state BJP government did not take any action against the culprits. This incident would not have taken place if Muslim organizations had not been campaigning on social media regarding this incident.
The police confirmed that the mob broke the lock of the madrasa on Wednesday evening. Standing on the steps of the madrasa, he shouted “Jai Shri Ram” and “Hindu Dharma Jai”. Videos circulating online from the scene show a large crowd standing on the stairs trying to enter the building.
A case has been registered against nine people, but no one has been arrested so far, a local police official said.
Condemning the incident and demanding the arrest of the culprits, various Muslim organizations are protesting in Bidar. He also warned that if the accused were not arrested, a massive protest would be held after Friday prayers.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen president Asaduddin Owaisi hit out at the state’s ruling BJP over the incident, accusing it of promoting such incidents “to denigrate Muslims”.
Critics have accused the BJP of using parts of the state as laboratories for communal experiments. The allegations began after the hijab controversy, when Hindu organizations called for a ban on Muslim vendors at temple festivals. In August, Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated at the Ithka Maidan in Hubli.