Rohingya families attacked in India's Haryana

September 3, 2017, 1:28 pm, By Mohammad Shahar Ali

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Members of the Rohingya families were attacked allegedly by locals on the outskirts of Mujeri village in Ballabgarh in northern Indian state of Haryana’s Faridabad district on Saturday, the Indian media reported today.

 The Rohingyas were assaulted allegedly by locals who objected to their plan to slaughter two buffaloes on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, our New Delhi correspondent reports.

Residents of the area said the friction began on Friday evening when a couple of villagers confronted them when they spotted two buffalo calves tied to a tree in the locality, The Indian Express and Hindustan Times reported from Faridabad near Delhi.

 “They first tried to take the animals, and when we objected, they asked us to sell the calves to them. We refused and told them that we had pooled in money and bought them for sacrifice on Eid,” said Sakir Ahmed, a Rohingya who came to this settlement a year ago.

Around 5 am on Saturday, before the refugees could take the animals to the market, a group of “15 or 20 men” came – some on bikes, others by foot – and allegedly assaulted them, said Indian Express.

“They released the calves and started to beat up anyone who tried to stop them,” the daily quoted Mohammad Jamil, another Rohingya, as saying.

Mohamadullah, one of the injured, recounted: “They took our phones and beat us up with sticks. They said that if we tried to tell the police or complain about what happened to us, they would come and kill us at night.”

A case has been registered at the Ballabgarh Sadar police station against unnamed persons under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), and 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

“An FIR has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC, and we are in the process of identifying the accused,” said Hanif Qureshi, Commissioner of Police, Faridabad.

He said teams have been constituted to probe the incident and “we are hopeful of making some early arrests.”

The settlement of Rohingyas there sprung up a year ago, when they reached there from various camps in Delhi. It now has a population of around 110 people.


Ref:: The  Daily Star, September 03, 2017

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