As we reported in January, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is targeting Nagpatelliu, a tribal community that has a strong tribal identity and a strong desire to make the country more democratic and peaceful.
The BJP has targeted the village of Nagpati for the past six months in an attempt to wrest it from the control of the local Muslim population.
The BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for Nagpatelu, Ram Vilas Paswan, had also threatened to take the village to the Supreme Court in a case filed by the villagers against him.
Paswan has been in power in the village for the last three years.
He has repeatedly refused to accept the villagers’ claims of the presence of a Muslim majority in the area, saying that the Muslims are not in the villages and that there is no presence of any Muslims.
His campaign has also accused the villagers of trying to overthrow him.
The latest round of protests, however, seems to be succeeding in mobilizing the people against the BJP and Paswan.
The protests have been led by two groups, one of which is led by the village headman and the other by a Muslim who was arrested for protesting against the violence against the Muslim community.
The two groups are now engaged in a bitter fight against each other, and the police have been forced to intervene and disperse them, said Dharamveer Singh, a spokesperson for the Nagpattaqutty Tribal Council, which is also a constituent of the Nagpur Assembly.
Singh told TOI that there are over 10,000 protesters, most of them Muslims, in the town.
He also said that they have been arrested for “indecent behaviour” and are currently being held in jail.
He added that the police is keeping an eye on the situation and has been sending out messages to all the residents of the village.
“We are also sending a message to the people of Nagpur that we are ready to use any means to make sure that the situation in Nagpattu is resolved.
We are prepared to use violence to ensure that this issue is resolved,” he said.
The village head man has repeatedly denied the allegations of the Muslim leaders.
“They have fabricated stories about me, and they have made a big racket out of this,” he told TOIF.
“We are in the midst of a crisis situation, but there is hope.
We have come to a point where we have been able to resolve the problem peacefully.”
The village’s police officer, Veena S, said that the villagers have asked the police to provide protection to them and to keep an eye out for any attempt to attack them.
“If the police doesn’t respond, then we will take action,” she said.
“The police is in a state of shock right now.”