Muslims, including those not affiliated to the Tablighi Jamaat, continue to assault doctors and police personnel with impunity across geographical locations day after another day. Teams of health workers and policemen working together to keep coronavirus from spreading were on 15 April attacked in Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh and Aurangabad district of Bihar. Many people have been hurt in the incident in both the districts.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered the imposition of the National Security Act (NSA) on the culprits and compensation for the damaged property.
In Moradabad, after a certain Sartaj Ali died of the coronavirus disease (COVID) on Tuesday, the doctors and the health department team went to Haji Neb Wali Mosque to quarantine the people associated with Sartaj. A mob of the community suddenly attacked them, pelting stones at the health and security workers.
Locals of the Muslim ghetto vandalised the ambulance and SHO vehicle. Five people, including a doctor, were injured in this attack. They have been admitted to the district hospital for treatment.
SSP Pathak of Moradabad said his team is identifying people involved in the incident. Strict action will be taken against the accused, he said.
Pathak said that some medical team members were injured too. The assailants and their supporters and motivators violated Section 144, the epidemic law and the Disaster Management Act, he said, adding that action will be taken against the accused under the National Security Act (NS).
The stone-pelting crowd in Moradabad largely comprised women. Watch them getting arrested:
Another assault on doctors, cops: Culprits from same community
In Bihar, after a team of doctors reached Akouni village under the Goh police station in the Aurangabad district on receiving information that a person possibly suffering from COVID had from Delhi, people of the same community as in Moradabad attacked the team as soon as they arrived.
A doctor, a driver and another person got hurt. Muslims of the locality vandalised vehicles and attacked the SDPO and the SDM who reached the village when informed about the incident.
Police personnel, including the SDPO, were injured in this attack. Reports of attacks on doctors and police teams have poured from different parts of the state, namely Madhubani, Bhagalpur and Katihar. All by the same community!
Older incidents, culprits from the same community
Police have arrested two suspected assailants in connection with an older Aurangabad incident dated 9 April. The suspects Shaikh Sajid Farooq and Shaikh Salim.
Earlier, four people including the Imam of a mosque in Meerut had attacked a team of doctors and health workers near the Darwali mosque after one of the members of the community tested positive and the team came by for a check-up.
The officers then sealed the Meerut mosque with the help of the police. Local Muslims threw stones at the team during the exercise.