Indian State Demolishes Houses of Muslim Figures After Religious Riots

Security forces in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (UP) have demolished the homes of several Muslim figures who are allegedly linked to riots last week.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, a Hindu monk, ordered the demolition of any illegal establishments and homes of people accused of taking part in the riots sparked by anti-Islamic remarks, a spokesperson for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said.

Authorities told property owners to vacate before the demolition.

Adityanath’s media adviser Mrityunjay Kumar uploaded on Twitter a photo of a bulldozer demolishing a building.

According to Waris Pathan, the national spokesperson of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen party, the family house of prominent Muslim activist Afreen Fatima was among those demolished.

“UP government taking law into its own hands is condemnable,” Pathan said on Twitter, sharing a video of the bulldozer demolishing the house.

Pathan called the move “arbitrary police action” and a “violation of civil rights.”

Pathan added that “poor people are paying [the] price for raising [their] voice” while BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma “isn’t being arrested.”

In a TV debate in May, Sharma made derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammed, enraging Indian Muslims and over a dozen Islamic nations.

Muslims have been protesting since the remarks were made, and police arrested over 300 people in relation to the unrest.

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