PUCL Rajasthan Report: BAHAI BURIAL PLACE ATTACKED IN JAIPUR by BJP-affiliated goons – first ever attack on Indian Bahais
Shocking news from Jaipur. The only burial place of the 20,000 strong Bahai community of Rajasthan, allotted to them by the Jaipur Development Authority in 2002, was attacked by a vigilante group lead by BJP leader and presently Sarpanch of the Shri Ram ki Nangal panchayat and broke parts of the under construction prayer hall and the doors and windows, and desecrated the chowkidars house; attacked the Chowkidar and injured him.
According to the 1000 population Bahai community of Jaipur this is the first time in India that such an attack has happened to the Bahai community. Since 1850 the Bahais have been coming to India and made it their home and never before has the peace loving non political community seen this intolerance and aggressive behaviour towards them.
An FIR number 515 / 30th oct, Sanganer Sadar thana, was lodged by the treasurer of the local spiritual assembly Rajesh Meena. The sections were diluted while lodging the FIR and simple sections of unlawful assembly, voluntarily causing hurt,wrongful restraint, mischief and trespass were applied. Leaving out sections of 295 A, deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs. and sec 297 trespassing on burial places. Incidentally the Sarpanch was there at the police station when the FIR was being lodged.
The Sarpanch Nathu jangid won his election on the ground that he would remove the burial place. He has the support of the local BJP. The land given to the Bahai community had been acquired by JDA. Since by 2014 the land had become very valuable he decided to communalise the issue and get the land back. He motivated the Tehsildar Juhi Bhargava to stop the prayer hall construction. She gave a report that on Orders she would carry out demolition. The JDA who the Bahai community representatives had met on 28th told them that there was no dispute on the title but they had temporarily stopped the construction.
The PUCL sees this incident as part of the growing intolerance and state support of right wing ideologies. The confidence of these vigilante groups is so high as there is direct or indirect state support. The PUCL has demanded immediate arrests of the Sarpanch and the other attackers, demanded that the role of the tehsildar be examined and conspiracy sections be applied.
Even while the press conference was on the Chowkidar was threatened by villagers that he would not be spared if he gave their names. The CM must immediately issue a statement reassuring the Bahai community of its safety and security and justice in this matter along with their burial place not being disturbed.
Bahai Contacts Niyaz Alam 8955774050, Banwari 8875666609,
PUCL Kavita srivastava (President PUCL Rajasthan), 8302562965,
Kapil Sankhla( PUCL Jaipur General Secretary) 9828457268