Religious Violence has Always Haunted India


The most devastating thing happens when, the country’s peace is on stake, after the communal violence in Muzaffarnagar, the 2014 riots of Saharanpur Riots occurred on 25 July of that year in the city of Saharanpur in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India created disturbance in the nation widely.

India is characterized by more ethnic and religious groups than most other countries of the world but since independence and partition of India, communal riots have started being erupting day-by-day. Apparently, people are fighting for those changes where the only aim is to degrade each other’s dignity and to prove oneself superior. The riots occurred between Hindu-Muslim in 2014 in Saharanpur of Uttar Pradesh conveys to us that after 70 years of independence also the citizens has to live in fear, anguish and ostracized.


The 25th july, 2014 riots between Hindu-Muslim was just over a piece of land led by former MLA Muharram Ali Pappu, and Sikhs, led by Shri Guru Singh Sabha in Kutubsher area. For the last few years, both sides have been claiming ownership of the small piece of land adjacent to the Gurudwara near railway station. During these disputes, some Sikhs started constructing an extension to the Gurudwara premises where the clashes broke down between both communities which led to use of weapons and arsons leaving two people dead and others injured.

The Sikhs claim that gurdwara management had purchased land 15 years ago, but Pappu claims that the land belongs to the mosque and Wakf board and there cannot be construction without their permission. A petition was filed in the civil court 10 years previously by Moharram Ali Pappu in the civil court, stating that the land belonged to the mosque. The Hindustan Times wrote on July 30, 2014, that three years ago some members of the local gurdwara committee met Pappu to settle the land row. Money was also offered to him but the deal fell through. One Abdul Wahab had challenged the gurdwara’s claim over the land and told the court he had done so at the behest of Pappu. In May 2013, additional district judge passed an order stating that land belonged to the gurdwara.

On 26th july, people supporting Muharram ali pappu came and started pelting stones and used weapons to attack the sikh community, and the Sikhs also responded with the stones; shops were on fire, curfew started and state transport cancelled all 569 buses which pass or terminate at Saharanpur and Petrol pumps and market area got flooded with people in the hours when the curfew was revoked. In the old city area, where communal riots on Saturday resulted in the death of the three persons, the affected people flooded the streets and bought necessary commodities. Forces including PAC, CRPF, RAF and ITBP are deployed in the troubled areas.

 Police arrested 38 people for rioting and arson.
 The main accused, Muharram Ali Pappu, was arrested on 30 July 2014 and booked under the National Security Act. Pappu is a former councillor of Saharanpur Municipal Corporation and has a criminal record. The police have registered a case against him and 66 others and charged 75 cases against them.
 According to The Times of India “The Bharatiya Janata Party and Samajwadi Party hurled accusations at each other over Saharanpur riots with the top SP leader and its Muslim face Azam Khan alleging it was the handiwork of the RSS whereas BJP leader Kalraj Mishra claimed Pakistan’s ISI was behind the flare-up in which two people were killed and scores injured.”

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