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Communal incident in Bahraich, UP, meant to "terrorise" minority community: Rihai Manch

By Our Representative
The communal incident in Kharia Bazar area of Bondi police station, Bahraich district, UP, during the during immersion of Durga idols on October 20, was "meant to terrorize minority groups", Rihai Manch, a UP civil rights group has said in a letter to the Superintendent of Police (SP).
Objecting to several members of the minority community having been arrested under the "draconian" Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and various provisions of the IPC, the civil rights group said, it is clear from the statements recorded in the first information report (FIR) that the incident took place at night, yet the person who lodged the FIR remembers the names of 80 people who allegedly caused the incident, while does not remember the names of those who were injured.
The statement given in the FIR does not seem credible, Rihai Manch insisted, adding, a civil rights delegation which visited the spot of the communal clashes found that even a week after the incident, the police forcefully entered the houses of those who are not accused. Women and the children were beaten up. Girls and young women left the village to avoid mistreatment by the police and went to their relatives' homes.

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