In Bidar, Karnataka, a mob forcibly entered a historic mosque and worshiped. The madrassa was allegedly vandalized and sloganeered and also worshiped in one corner of the building. Police have registered a case against nine people.
Bengaluru: A mob participating in Dussehra procession forcibly entered a historic mosque in Bidar district of Karnataka and offered prayers. The madrassa was allegedly vandalized and sloganeered and also worshiped in one corner of the building. Police have registered a case against nine people, but no one has been arrested so far. Muslim organizations have spoken of protests if there is no arrest.
Built in the 1460s, the Mahmud Gawan Madrasa in Bidar comes under the Archaeological Survey of India. The heritage structure is also in the list of monuments of national importance. Police said the mob broke the lock of the madrasa on Wednesday evening.
Standing on the steps of the madrasa, he shouted “Jai Shri Ram” and “Hindu Dharma Jai” before turning to a corner to worship. In the viral video, a huge crowd standing on the stairs is trying to go inside the building. A local police official said that a case has been registered against nine people, but no one has been arrested so far.
Several Muslim organizations in Bidar have condemned the incident and protested demanding the arrest of the perpetrators. He has warned that if the accused are not arrested, there will be a massive protest after the Friday prayers.
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi hit out at the state’s ruling BJP over the incident, alleging that it was promoting such incidents to “degrade Muslims”.
Visuals from historic Mahmud Gawan masjid & madrasa, Bidar, #Karnataka (5th October). Extremists broke the gate lock & attempted to desecrate. @bidar_police @BSBommai how can you allow this to happen? BJP is promoting such activity only to demean Muslims pic.twitter.com/WDw1Gd1b93
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) October 6, 2022