New Delhi : Activists from various organisations on Friday held a protest near Tripura Bhavan against the attacks on mosques and Muslim properties in Tripura during the past week.

The activists raised slogans against Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb, Tripura Police and the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for failing to protect mosques, shops and homes of Muslims. They demanded action against the goons who attacked minorities in the city. The Delhi Police broke up the agitation by brutally manhandling the protestors and detaining them.

Similar agitations were held in other parts of the country including Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh and Gangapur City in Rajasthan.

Tripura has been witnessing an alarming series of communal violence and targeted attacks against Muslims in the last week. According to information relayed by local activists and residents, there have been at least 27 confirmed incidents of Hindutva mobs attacking mosques, houses and individuals in Muslim areas. These include 16 incidents where mosques were vandalised and Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) flags were forcibly hoisted on them, three of which were set on fire.

There are also confirmed reports of Muslim houses being pelted with stones and houses of prominent Muslims being targeted and vandalised. Almost all of these attacks were carried out by various right-wing groups including VHP that had ostensibly gathered to protest anti-Hindu violence in Bangladesh.

“There has been no action against the right-wing mob that has been threatening Muslims. The state and police authorities are creating an illusion of normalcy by deploying police personnel in a few areas. Instead of going after the culprits, they are threatening journalists and activits who are highlighting the situation on social media,” said Mohammad Salman Ahmad. National President, Students Islamic Organisation of India (SIO).

Fraternity Movement President Shamseer Ibrahim appealed to the government to bring the situation in control and provide compensation for the destruction of mosques and other properties. “The Muslims in the state should be provided security and those responsible for the violence and terror should be punished in order to bring peace to the state,” he said.