BAREILLY: Poster says, What Trump is doing in America will be done in this village because BJP is now in power.
Jianagla, a village 70 km from Bareilly, facing heat of BJP winning UP polls with posters appearing at more than two dozen places in the area ordering its Muslim residents to “leave before the end of 2017 “. The message, in Hindi, said that “with BJP in power in Uttar Pradesh Hindus of the village would do what US president Trump was doing to Muslims in USA”.
The posters have turned up days after the BJP won a massive majority in the state. “What Trump is doing in America, we will do in this village because the BJP is now in power,” the posters said, giving Muslims of Jianagla time till the end of the year to leave. The posters are signed by “Hindus of the village”, under “guardian” is the name of a BJP MP.
Most of the posters have been removed by police and the administration but a few still dot the walls, adding to the palpable panic. The text in all the posters is the same and threatens the Muslims of “dire consequences” if they do not leave at the latest by the end of the year.
The posters appeared overnight, and could be seen everywhere by Monday morning. Residents of Jianagla said they had no idea how this happened, even though most of them celebrated Holi till late on Sunday night.
“We slept a little past midnight, and it was only in the morning that we noticed all these posters around the village. We informed police after some residents objected to it,” gram pradhan Rewa Ram told TOI.
Another villager who wished not be named said that there has been no precedent to this incident. “We have never heard of anything like this in the past. Even though the authorities have assured security to us and action against the guilty, we have been exploring all options including the extreme one of leaving the village,” he said.