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Pakistan slams burning of Muslims’ houses by Hindu extremists in India

Around 35 people injured in clashes in Rajasthan state

Pakistan on Tuesday condemned the “vandalisation and burning of more than 40 houses” of the Muslim community in the Karauli area of India’s Rajasthan state by “Hindu zealots” during the recent communal clashes.

According to Indian media, the clashes broke out on April 2 “after stones were pelted at a motorcycle rally taken out to celebrate the Hindu new year, prompting authorities to clamp a curfew, suspend the internet and deploy 600 police personnel”.

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Around 35 people were injured in the violence and 46 people were initially taken into custody by police for interrogation, a report by NDTV said, adding that a case was registered against 13 people. Later, the report said, police arrested another 33 people for violating the curfew order.

The reports said houses and shops were set on fire during the episode but did not confirm the number of properties that were damaged.

However, in its condemnation, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said over 40 properties belonging to the Muslim community were set ablaze and vandalised by “radical Hindu zealots belonging to the BJP-RSS dispensation with the connivance of local security authorities” during the clashes.

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“Equally alarming is the apathy of state machinery which wantonly looked the other way and failed in its basic duty of protecting the lives and properties of its citizens,” the statement said, adding that regretfully, minorities in India, especially Muslims continued to live under fear and intimidation.

“The BJP-RSS combine has enabled [the] perpetuation of senseless violence against minorities as part of its ‘Hindutva’ agenda marked by hate and majoritarianism,” the statement read.

It added that recent history was replete with traumatic instances that reflected the current Indian regime’s deep-seated animosity against Muslims in the country.

“Deafening silence of the BJP leadership and absence of discernible action against ‘Hindutva’ proponents must ring alarm bells across the international community. Rather than relenting in their hostilities against Muslims, the BJP-RSS activists have intensified the atrocities” the statement said.

In this connection, the FO cited the example of Yati Narsinghan, an infamous Haridwar priest, once again “brazenly” calling upon Hindus on April 3 to take up arms against Muslims.

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