One of the injured victims, Mohammed Afroz of Handikera in Kamala Nagar taluk, told Express that Rs 3.70 lakh was stolen from the brand new Maruti Brezza SUV they were travelling in. (Photo | EPS)
BIDAR: “This is not the first time Kamala Nagar has witnessed violence,” said a police officer of Kamala Nagar police station.
Recalling an earlier incident, the officer said around nine years ago, when an atrocity case was registered against an upper caste man for beating up a tailor, the upper caste people had protested and even attacked policemen.
Over 1,000 people gathered near the old police station, used abusive words against the police and started vandalising jeeps and the police station. The mob also attacked many police officers and set a police jeep on fire, he said.
Venkatesh Patel Vatgal, a freedom fighter’s son from Raichur, who is well-versed with the history of Bidar, said that in 1988, many parts of Bidar had witnessed anti-Sikh protests. Scores of Sikh men had been stabbed and the casualties were very high.During the Ram Mandir agitation between 1991 and 1992, communally charged youths stabbed at least four Muslim men. Kamala Nagar, a newly carved taluk from Aurad, was earlier a zilla panchayat constituency.
Children of tanda skip school
The parents of at least 12 children of Batkool tanda, who are pursuing primary education at Murki village, have stopped sending them to school out of fear after the lynching incident.It took over half-an-hour for this reporter to take 12-year-old Ramesh (name changed) into confidence to talk as he was too scared. He was one of the children who were present at the site of the incident that now garnered the national attention.
According to Ramesh, he was offered a chocolate by some ‘strangers’ whom he had not seen in his life. “I had not seen them so far and my mother and father have told me not to accept chocolates from strangers. I did the same,” he said.
He said a stranger approached him and gave him a chocolate, which he refused. “When I refused the chocolate, he took my hand to give the chocolate, I screamed and a few people working at a nearby farm ran towards us.
Later, a fight broke out.”Ramesh said he is now too scared to venture out as the same kind of people may resurface to give chocolate and kidnap him. Many parents in the tanda are of the opinion that the victims of lynching are innocent.
However, they ask, “How can we differentiate who is a child-lifter and who is not?
Police to probe theft angle too
One of the injured victims, Mohammed Afroz of Handikera in Kamala Nagar taluk, told Express that Rs 3.70 lakh was stolen from the brand new Maruti Brezza SUV they were travelling in.
He said they kept the money belonging Qatar citizen Salam-Ed-Qureshi in the vehicle. According to Afroz, `70,000 was kept in a bag while `3 lakh was kept in the glove box.Afroz said that in one of the videos which was shot by the mob, he saw a man ‘stealing’ the bag.