’People of various faiths co-exist peacefully, but. . .’: Uttarakhand CM orders stern action on ‘Love Jihad’ cases

  • Nearly half a dozen incidents of attempted abduction of minor Hindu girls by Muslim men who hid their religious identity to befriend them have been reported from Uttarkashi, Chamoli, and Haridwar districts.

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Updated9 Jun 2023, 08:14 PM IST
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami chairs a high-level meeting
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami chairs a high-level meeting

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Friday chaired a meeting with top police officials of the hilly state, and have instructed the cops to take stern action in what has been reported as ‘Love Jihad’ cases. 

The development in the Uttarakhand government comes as reports of ‘love jihad’ cases surged in the past few weeks. Nearly half a dozen incidents of attempted abduction of minor Hindu girls by Muslim men who hid their religious identity to befriend them have been reported from Uttarkashi, Chamoli, and Haridwar districts. 

"People of different faiths co-exist peacefully in Uttarakhand but things like love jihad will not be tolerated. Crimes like these were being committed as part of a conspiracy. But people are coming out openly against them now," Dhami told reporters here.

He said he held a meeting with senior police officers here to get feedback on steps taken in connection with "love jihad" incidents reported recently from different parts of the state.

"Instructions have been given to the police to deal sternly with the guilty in love jihad cases. They have also been asked to conduct verification drives from time to time to look into the antecedents of people coming from outside and settling here," he said.

The meeting was attended by DGP Ashok Kumar and Additional Chief Secretary Radha Raturi.

Love Jihad case triggers protest in Uttarakhand

On May 26, two men including a Muslim allegedly tried to abduct a Hindu girl in Purola of Uttarkashi. The incident met with rage by the people of the town and nearby areas, with several of them hitting the streets in protest led by Hindu right outfits.

Though the girl was rescued and the accused sent to judicial custody, tension is yet to subside as similar incidents have been reported from Mori area of Uttarkashi and Gauchar in Chamoli district too.

There have been protests in Barkot, Chinyalisaur, and Bhatwari as well.

Many shops in Purola owned by Muslims have been closed for nearly a fortnight. Posters were glued on these shops asking their owners to leave the town ahead of a Mahapanchayat slated to be held on June 15.

An ultimatum to Muslim traders to vacate their shops has also been served in Nainbagh by Vyapar Mandal and Hindu Yuva Vahini.

Many Muslim traders have packed their bags and left Uttarkashi district out of fear.

Among them is BJP's Uttarkashi district minority cell president Mohammad Zahid who ran a garment shop in Purola.

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First Published:9 Jun 2023, 08:14 PM IST
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