BENGALURU : Karnataka police booked nine people and arrested four people in Bidar district after a group of people who were part of a Dussehra procession broke into a heritage madrasa and forcefully performed pooja early morning on Thursday. In the viral video, the hooligans can be seen standing on the staircase of the madrasa and trying to get inside forcefully. The madrasa was built in the 1460s and is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
According to the complainant Mohammed Shafiuddin, who is a mosque committee member, the incident took place when a procession to immerse a ‘Durga’ idol was passing near the place in the early hours of Thursday.
“About 60 people barged into the archaeologically-significant monument by breaking the lock, and raised pro-Hindu slogans- “Bharat Mata ki Jai” and “Vande Mataram”, while ‘gulal’ was also thrown inside the premises, it was alleged.The mob also threatened the security personnel deployed there when they raised an alarm.
In his complaint, Shafiuddin alleged the miscreants with malafide intention to disturb peace, harmony and create violence in this district headquarters town have been active for a long time. They installed statues or photos on the premises and entered religious and government monuments, he alleged.
Meanwhile, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen President Asaduddin Owaisi lambasted the ruling BJP over the incident, accusing it of promoting such incidents to demean Muslims.