Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogender Yadav and Prashant Bhushan took serious note of the happenings in Atali and a delegation was immediately sent to Atali to meet the victims and assess the damage. A aman committee is formed to function in Faridabad.
A reports from Atali speaks the gravity of the mob attack on inmates in Muslim locality in Atali. A 60-year-old Muslim man was allegedly hacked with axes on Wednesday afternoon as sporadic episodes of communal violence at Atali village continued two days after the rioting that left at least 15 people injured.
The injured has been identified by police as Hasan Mohammad. He was allegedly attacked by four people around 2:30pm, police said.
“Hasan, who lives on the outskirts of the village, had taken his animals out to graze. He was attacked with axes that left him bleeding heavily. Police posted in the village intervened just in time, which saved his life,” a senior police officer said.
Subhash Yadav, Commissioner of Police for Faridabad, said, “Hasan has been injured but his condition is stable. He has been admitted in B K Hospital.”
Police said they had also received reports of cattle feed belonging to the village’s Muslim community being burnt down around the same time the 60-year-old was attacked. Officials said that the matter is being investigated.
The violence in the village, which is in Ballabhgarh tehsil in Faridabad district, on Monday evening started after a festering dispute over the construction of a mosque
Evidence of the hasty exodus everywhere. Almost no house is locked and many still have fans running a day after the violence – sent to the civil hospital in a bus. A number of Jat villagers had also sustained injuries and they were also sent to the hospital,” an officer said. A heavy police contingent, including members of the Haryana Commando, is currently camping at the village to prevent further violence. Yet no arrests are made so far and no relief has come to the victims. The culprits are not arrested and are left free so far.
Police sources said the process of lodging complaints has begun. “Currently, we are taking down complaints that are being lodged. We are also identifying the houses that have been burnt, locating their owners and calculating the extent of loss,” the officer said.
While most people were discharged from the hospital by Tuesday morning, police said two who sustained serious burns are still at the hospital.
“We have lodged an FIR under sections pertaining to rioting. We are investigating the matter. Additional forces have been deployed in the village to prevent further violence. We haven’t made any arrest yet, but will do so soon,” Bhupinder Singh, DCP (Faridabad), said. But arrests not made though all leads lead to BJP workers and a prominent local leader of BJP and out sides who do not belong the village are responsible for all that happened in Atali.
Protest outside police station
Many who fled from the village made their way to the Ballabgarh (city) police station. Those with minor injuries, after being discharged, also came to the police station. By Tuesday afternoon, the hundred-strong crowd began a protest outside the station accusing the police of inefficiency in investigating the matter and gross negligence. “Police have done nothing. Even 56 hours after the violence, they have not made a single arrest. They are giving time to those who have made us homeless to bury evidence and get away with it,” Sahil Ahmed, a protester, said.