Mosque damaged after cow slaughter in Himachal

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By: ML Verma

Shimla: In a rare incident of communal tension in Himachal, about 500 local people staged a protest at Nerwa suburb in the district, about 110 km from here, this morning, and damaged a mosque to protest against cow slaughter by a person who was arrested on Thursday.

SP Shimla RM Sharma, who rushed to the spot after the incident, told HimVani over phone that more than 500 people gathered in the local bazaar at Nerwa this morning and lodged a protest after news spread that a cow had been slaughtered a day earlier. He said the agitated protesters burnt down the doors of a mosque and shattered its windowpanes. Later the mob moved toward a local ‘madarsa’ near the bazaar at Kuthar. The protest was continuing till the filing of this report.

Police force from Nerwa was deployed in the area to avoid an untoward incident. As many as 200 Muslim families live in scattered hills of this sub-division along with majority Hindus. โ€œAbdul, son of Kasib, a resident of the same area, was arrested for slaughtering his cow at Pujali village in Chopal sub-division yesterday,โ€ Sharma told HimVani. He said the accused had killed the cow in a fit of rage. Abdul slaughtered the cow as it had been dry (not yielding milk) for more than three years. Cow slaughter is banned in the state under the Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964.

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    • i belong to himachal pradesh and i know people there are very innocent. no one in himachal should dare to break the law meant against cow slaughter. this is a natural reaction from cow lover, what else u expect

      • @aryan,

        I also belong to Himachal and very much in love with Himachal, just think in a sensible way is it right to damage a place of worship of a community in return of crime of one single individual of that community.

    • i agree that we should not damage the place of worship…………… but about the mughals who came and straight away damaged so many temples. these cow murderer believe more in babar and aurangjeb that lord rama n krishna……… so why u r worying so much of their place or worship which nevers teaches them about tolerance and secularism.

      • dear my point is we wont get anything fighting like this. One individual did a crime , everyone got to know about that Police took action against the criminal. How does it makes sense to become criminal because of his act, I don't find it bad if public would have killed that person

        in return to slaughter, i don't see anything wrong in cleaning up wrong things in society, but why to hurt feelings of good ones in that community .. i was reading out another news http://nvonews.com/2010/02/14/nahan-market-closed… where people have done protest and even muslims also joined .. My point is we shouldn't make things complicated by joining them with religion or region.

        If you see Babar and Auranzeb as Ruler instead of muslims they have done things to establish their rule. Himachal is better place far from all these communal differences ..lets keep it better

      • Dear friend, you are forgetting that in between Babar and Aurangzeb, this country was ruled by other people too who had the might to annihilate each Hindu living on this subcontient, but the practiced tolerance and non-interference. Now just compare the brutality of Aurangzeb with the barbarity of Gujarat carnage, and you will find that Aurangzebs still live on, while Dara Shikho's are rare to find. Imagine a Muslim translating Hindu Upanishads into Persian in those barbaric times; can any one of us today show enough patience to learn Quaranic teachings. Not really, but the Arabs did it for at least a 1,000 years and passed on Indian knowledge to the West with due credit, and that is how this land gained respect in the West.
        And please do not forget that this land was more Buddhist for more than a thousand years before Brahanism was reintroduced here, so should be go around and look for a Buddhist vihara under ever temple.

        But whatever be our history, the important thing is that we live in a civilized world today and that is how we should conduct ourselves.

      • one poor man who got frustrated because his cow did not serve the purpose for which he was feeding it for lost his cool and killed the cow. HOW does religion come in picture here?? :O

        Tell me if the hen that a hindu was raising to get eggs stops giving eggs for 3 years, will the hindu/muslim/christian or any other non-vegetarian person kill it for meat?

        The man killed a cow and by law it is a crime. That is all there is to it. It doesnt matter if he was a muslim, sikh or even a hindu.

        bhedchal mat karo. apni akal lagao!

        and by the way mughals?? hahaha!!

        • Swati, how are you so sure of the "killed the cow in a fit of rage." The person might be lying to save his skin.

          • the same way others are so sure that he did that for anti hindu reasons.

            Balram, we need to understand.. We cannot let religion be our tyrrant!

            We need to understand what is an issue and what is just bhedchaljust a waste of time. Its a cow.. I know that we all like to worship it but is it really worth the blood of other humans like us? For one cow, is it ok that we inflict so much pain on so many other people?

            It was a cow.. Lets first concentrate on the problems of hunger, corruption, drugs, rapes and human murders! ๐Ÿ˜

          • swati, you agree to the assertion that the cow was killed in a fit of rage just because some people think the cow was killed for anti-Hindu reasons. FYI, It is illegal to kill a cow in Himachal. Just as you are correct in assuming whatever you want, why stop others from doing so? People do have a right to protest against this atrocity and intolerance. Tomorrow will this abdul thug kill his parents when they retire or become too old to work thus unproductive in a fit of rage? Barbarism against animals especially if they are revered by Himachali Hindus will not be tolerated and if this goes against secular poop or whatever the flavor of the day, so be it.

      • Dear, communal harmony is above everything and we should maintain it. Just because of 1 person did wrong, how you could show your anger to whole community? By the way, the cow that's not been able to give milk for last 3 years and needs daily food, what would you do to it? The guy who killed the cow was a poor man and he didn't have much choices and one more thing nowadays people kill human for their own good, what you say…

  1. For how long we could've resisted the onslaught of communalism in this on paper secular country ?! Secularism is supposed to be free from all religions but here it translates into presence of all religions…and trouble!

  2. I hope this sad, shameful and cruel incident also makes us alive to the plight of cows abandoned by their owners after they have stopped yielding , and moving about , left to fend for themselves and brave the vagaries of weather and climate. Has anyone noticed and bothered for the sad plight of chicks being transported from a distance , cluttered in small cages- already half – dead before being slaughtered to be served as a dish on our dining table ! The same is the case with the goats, that are treated badly.

    • Bugzz, act of killing a cow is a provocation. What you have quoted is the truth or do you disagree with "…peace-loving Hindus of Himachal…" ? Since i am not an expert on clean and unclean words like you are, i'm unable to see the point. There are quotes in koran, which are inciting hate against non muslims and encourage murder of non muslims, what are your thoughts. Fairness demands, that the book koran be banned in Himachal, no?

      • I am a hindu and I have never read Gita.

        In another life, I might be a muslim who never reads the Koran.

        Are you getting my point? ๐Ÿ™‚

        And yes, I am in favour of banning all such books/journals/publications that corrupt the minds of people. But Hindu-Muslim is a sensitive issue. We have to find other softer ways to spread love.

        I dream of a day when every human refers to his own heart instead of holy books to understand how to lead his life.

        • swati ji, your first point has flown over my head to tell you frankly. ๐Ÿ™‚ Second, why is Hindu muslim a sensitive issue? It is the fear of calling spade a spade lest we hurt some body's feelings that things have come to such a pass. Softer ways such as ..Look the other way and wish there is no problem or send muslims on Haj subsidised by Hindus or provide Rs 6000 crore of grants to madarsas and mosques via taxpayers or provide them separate laws (sharia) etc. What is the softer way to spread love?

      • you don't see provocation in the post ? Balram .. just reframe the news and remove those hindu and muslims from that .. a poor person has killed a pet because it was no more milking for for him.. don't you think relating this crime to hindu muslim is bigger crime .. for me " Mr. Ajai Srivastava from Shimla" is doing a bigger crime by converting slaughter to "muslim's testing peace-loving hindus". I am not saying i am an expert in new, but for sure i feel news posted at himvani is much better than the one posted at http://www.achrweb.org

        • Bugzz garain, i am also asking for something similar. Remove the word mosque from the report and what we will be left with is a structure or a building. Now let us discuss merits and demerits of illegally killing a living being vs burning of a non living being. Fire away. Just because a person's dog or a cat has grown old, how many people kill them here or are not offended by this heinous crime, raise your hands:) Buggz Brother, why do you think this barbaric act has a Hindu-muslim tinge? History, perhaps.

          • if you think that it will stop at just burning of a building then you at downright stupid! and no matter how big a crime is you have absolutely NO right to take law in your hands. DO NOT try to give such lame excuses! You burnt the building because you wanted to. People will forget the cow. But not the tension that prevailed because of the hungama.

            According to law, there would be a case lodged against abdullah. But there should be one lodged against all of the people involved in this 3rd class act. Their deed is in NO WAY less wrong than his!

  3. somebody please fix the page so that more replies can be accomodated on the page!!

    quoting balram : " swati, you agree to the assertion that the cow was killed in a fit of rage just because some people think the cow was killed for anti-Hindu reasons. FYI, It is illegal to kill a cow in Himachal. Just as you are correct in assuming whatever you want, why stop others from doing so? People do have a right to protest against this atrocity and intolerance. Tomorrow will this abdul thug kill his parents when they retire or become too old to work thus unproductive in a fit of rage? Barbarism against animals especially if they are revered by Himachali Hindus will not be tolerated and if this goes against secular poop or whatever the flavor of the day, so be it."

    balram can you take a long deep breath.. now exhale.. do this one more time please. Thanks.

    Now I shall answer. I know it is illegal to kill a cow in Himachal. read my first post please. I think my assumption is better than yours for the simple reason that my assumption is not spreading hatred.

    Look at this link http://www.achrweb.org/reports/india/AR08/himacha… Its the human rights report for 2008. a bit old but i am sure that the conditions are no better.

    quoting "According to Himachal Pradesh Police, a total of 1132 cases of crime against women were reported in 2007. Of these, 30 were murder cases, 159 rape cases, 7 dowry deaths, 153 kidnapping, 324 molestations and 343 cruelty to women. In the rape cases, most of the victims were minors. 87 cases or 54.71 percent of the total case were minors. Seven cases of dowry death were also reported during the year."

    This is just cases against women. I didnt hear an outcry then. Does Himachal prioritize a cow over females?

    quoting “The Commission is not functioning at present due to the reason that the post of Chairperson is vacant”. The post of the commission chairman has been vacant since 16 July 2005"

    Lets set up a Human rights office first and then concentrate on animal rights. I am an animal lover too, and against barbarism. That is why i am saying : please Do NOT wrap up a matter of animal barbarism in secular poop. It will only get dirtier and uglier. Lets not adapt to the flavour of the day. Lets DECIDE the flavour of the day!! And make it good!

    • Read this baby :

      Home >2010 Issues >February 28, 2010

      Cow slaughter sends shockwave in Himachal

      By Ajai Srivastava from Shimla

      The patience of peace-loving Hindus of Himachal was tested by a group of Muslims when they slaughtered a cow in the far-flung area of Nerwa in Shimla district on the eve of Maha Shivratri, the biggest religious festival of this hill state.

      HIMACHAL Pradesh has always been proud of it age-old traditions of peace and communal harmony. No untoward incidents took place even during the days when fanatics were insisting to stop Hindus to perform karseva at the birthplace of Sri Ram at Ayodhya. But the patience of peace-loving Hindus was tested again by a group of Muslims when they slaughtered a cow in the far-flung area of Nerwa in Shimla district on the eve of Maha Shivratri, the biggest religious festival of this hill state.

      This news sent shockwaves in the region. The very next day, thousands of local people in Nerwa gathered and the angry mob set ablaze three mosques and a madarsa. The police have arrested the mastermind of this heinous crime named Abdulla alias Abdul Rehman along with six other accused. A one-day bandh was observed in Shimla district against the killing of the cow.

      The sources said it is not the first time when the cow was killed in that area. Earlier the people could not found proof of the killing. In the present case, a leg of the cow was found in the dense forest of Nerwa. When the people inquired, it was said that Abdulla and his friends were found involved in such things. The local people informed the police which immediately arrested the main accused. He confessed the killing and revealed the names of co-accused.

      On the very next day, it was Maha Shivratri. The news of cow slaughter was so disturbing that the local people gathered in thousands and their patient broke down. They attacked three mosques and a madarsa and set these buildings on fire. The heavy police arrangement failed to control the angry mob. People were demanding to hand over the accused to them. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Shri Guru Singh Sabha, Sanatan Dharma Sabha, Sood Sabha and several other social religious organisations of Hindus and Buddhists condemned the cow slaughter and demanded a strict action against the culprits.

      The Chief Minister Prof Prem Kumar Dhumal, who was on a visit to United States and Costa Rica, made an appeal from there and requested the people to remain calm. He also assured the people that the guilty would be punished.

      The shops remained closed in entire Shimla district on February 14 in protest against the cow slaughter. Shri Manoj Kumar, joint general secretary (organisation) of state VHP unit, has appealed to the people to be vigilant in future and report such an incident to the police so that the culprit could be booked immediately. He made it clear that the cow slaughter is not acceptable at any cost.

      • Thanks Aryan for the wonderful article. Very important point from the what you have posted "….it is not the first time when the cow was killed in that area". The muslim fanatics were doing it for a long time and a lesson had to be taught to this intolerant lot and it was, rightly so. World over these medieval mullas cannot live in peace with anybody.

    • Swati, thanks for the reply. Your assertion, just because it does not spread hate, doesn't become the truth. You have acknowledged that you believe in this assumption just because of your implicit hatred for some others who don't believe in this line of thinking. Aap karo(hate) toh paropkaar, baaki karein to atyachaar ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously this will be a good example of bhedchaal that you are so against-everybody thinks the same irrespective whether it is the truth or not and spreading lies is considered normal since it doesn't spread hatred. But why is it difficult to understand that other people can assume wahtever they want and can have different opinions. On to the second point of human rights, women etc. Should we relocate our armed forces from our borders to areas where atrocities on women are high? I am not accusing you specifically, but I believe there is a bias in what we all see as a problem. To you, atrocities on women ranks high but for others it might not be the case. Imagine a news article reporting a dowry death and in the comments, one person is referring to death of animals, their torture and inhuman slaughter. It would be strikingly silly, insensitive and off topic, no? Same is the case here.

      • balram ji, I dont think you understand a word of even what i write.

        dekho.. main keh rahi hoon ki mera sochna aur aapka sochna alag hai. lekin mujhe mera sochna better lagta hai kyonki meri soch me nafrat nahi hai. mere assumption se kisi ka kuch nahi bigdega lekin aapke assumption se logon ki zindagi tahas nahas ho jaani hai.

        aap bol rahe ho ki mai aapki baaton ko contradict kar rahi hoon kyonki mai alag sochna chahti hoon.. jabki agar aap dhyan se padho to mai to aapki kuch baaton ko maan bhi jaati hoon.

        mujhe pata hai ki har koi kuch bhi assume kar sakta hai. mujhe uski chinta nahi. chinta tab hoti hai jab log doosron ki sun ke aise nafrat waale assumptions banate hain. socho kahin agar aapka assumption galat hai to zindagi ka kitna faltu nuksaan hua hoga..

        aur yeh zindagi hai bhai.. yahaan rape aur cow murder firefox ke 2 alag tabs nahi hain.. ki convenience pe issue change kar diya.. sab ek page pe hai… aur yahi nahi aur bahut bahut saare issues hain.. prioritize karna hoga.. kya jyada important hai.. cow murder ya bhooke bachhe, religious books ya global warming.. cow murder issue hoga lekin itna important nahi ki hum baaki kaam chhod ke building jalane chal padein.

        main bas yeh bol rahi hoon ki time kam hai.. kuch aur karte hain.. baad me jab time milega to yeh topic discuss karenge.. tab tak isko issue banana bekar hai. lets try to be constructive. destructive nahi.

        aur haan agar aapko "atrocities on woman","human rights" cow murder se kam kharab lagti hain to main kuch nahi kar sakti. aapki family aur baaki insaanoo ka durbhagya hai ki aap aisa sochte hain.

        • I am posting your comment and my thoughts after >> symbol.

          dekho.. main keh rahi hoon ki mera sochna aur aapka sochna alag hai. lekin mujhe mera sochna better lagta hai kyonki meri soch me nafrat nahi hai. mere assumption se kisi ka kuch nahi bigdega lekin aapke assumption se logon ki zindagi tahas nahas ho jaani hai.

          >>yehi(zindagi tahas nahas) cheez abdul ko gau hatya karne se pehle sochni thi, ab bhugto. Whether the cow was murdered in a rage or deliberately(both are illegal), what was the need for abdul to take law into his own hands and hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus? Now face the band and the music it dishes out.

          aap bol rahe ho ki mai aapki baaton ko contradict kar rahi hoon kyonki mai alag sochna chahti hoon.. jabki agar aap dhyan se padho to mai to aapki kuch baaton ko maan bhi jaati hoon.

          >>Thank you for the small mercies ๐Ÿ™‚

          mujhe pata hai ki har koi kuch bhi assume kar sakta hai. mujhe uski chinta nahi. chinta tab hoti hai ab log doosron ki sun ke aise nafrat waale assumptions banate hain. socho kahin agar aapka assumption galat hai to zindagi ka kitna faltu nuksaan hua hoga..

          >>Madam, gau hatya is not an assumption, it is a fact. Itni der se mein yehi toh bol raha hoon. I wish you can see that the point i'm trying to make, whether the cow was murdered in fit of rage or deliberately, is moot. The question staring us in the face is, how can abdul murder a cow? Murder of a cow, whether done for xyz reason or deliberately, by muslims will attract the same kind of reaction. mohammedans buddhi mein ghused le is baat ko fir baad mein mat rone lagna ki zindagi tahas nahas kar di.

          aur yeh zindagi hai bhai.. yahaan rape aur cow murder firefox ke 2 alag tabs nahi hain.. ki convenience pe issue change kar diya.. sab ek page pe hai… aur yahi nahi aur bahut bahut saare issues hain.. prioritize karna hoga.. kya jyada important hai.. cow murder ya bhooke bachhe, religious books ya global warming.. cow murder issue hoga lekin itna important nahi ki hum baaki kaam chhod ke building jalane chal padein.

          >>Look who's talking "convenience pe issue change kar diya" ๐Ÿ™‚ On the topic of gau hatya, you bring in global warming etc and are asking for not changings topics. Do you see the contradictions? Aap apni priority list banaiye aur usme doobe rahiye, par kripa karke doosron ki priority list mein jhaankna aur unko change karne ki koshish mat kariye.

          main bas yeh bol rahi hoon ki time kam hai.. kuch aur karte hain.. baad me jab time milega to yeh topic discuss karenge.. tab tak isko issue banana bekar hai. lets try to be constructive. destructive nahi.

          >>Time kam hai, kyon bhayi, train pakadni hai ๐Ÿ™‚ For you this might be a trivial issue and a 'bekaar' thing but please consider my humble request, don't assume it is the same for others and if you cannot understand the seriousness of this barbaric act, stay clear off it and invest your time on issues which you consider a priority. Don't argue just for the sake of it and try to belittle others who might not be as enlightened as you and don't consider this outrage trivial.

          Thanks

  4. These persons of nerwa are very innocent and if they hv done this may be for other reason either ths cow is not serving as they were servng ths cow and many reasons may be there…I hv seen ths mosque the hindu persons tried to burnt whole mosqe.There is no mng to brnt the mosque here the hindu persons should not pressure the Muslims as they r in minority……
    Mohd Tarif
    Mewat

  5. when muslims r in minority, then they should have been double cautitous. they should know the law of that place where 95 % population is Hindus. Instead of killing the cow, the guy should have handed over it to Gaushala, which are plenty in Himachal

  6. Hats off to u swati . We need more people of ur caliber, to take a stand n b strong enuf in talking sense… mayb u said u didn’t read d religious text, bt ur actions proves u to b more tolerant and peace loving, just exactly wat all d holy texts teach. So d point ย here that I want to emphasise is will my very humble religious brothers feel d same sentiment comming for all sorts of crime. If they feel so strongly about an animal then they sute must b feeling way too much for all d victims ie raped, murdered, robbed etc… cause evry crime of dat sort is equally condemned. ย Will they?

  7. Everyone should understand that even Himachal Pradesh belongs to india. we know that India is democracy secular state everyone has the right to follow thier respected religious. People of himachal pradesh has to understand every religious is important to make united India.

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