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Karnataka: Muslim Couple's Chicken Shop Vandalised by Hindutva Group, Cops Advise 'Compromise'

The incident, outside Belagavi city, reportedly took place on October 8 and only came to light after a video began to be shared on social media. 

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New Delhi: Karnataka Police allegedly refused to register an FIR when a Muslim family approached them alleging that their chicken shop had been vandalised by a Hindutva group which demanded that it be closed for a temple opening, Indian Express has reported.

The incident, outside Belagavi city, reportedly took place on October 8 and only came to light after a video began to be shared on social media.

Express has reported that the Hindutva group had demanded that the shop, owned by one Hasab Sab and his wife, Afsana Hasan Sab Khureshi, be closed on the occasion of a temple inauguration.

Notably, there was no order from the administration on this.

Afsana told the news outlet that while the couple did close shop by the “stipulated” 11 am, they sent two workers to clean it in the afternoon.

These workers were assaulted and the shop, vandalised. When the couple rushed to the shop, they received threats from members of the Hindutva group. “They threatened us that they would not allow us to live in the town and tried to extort money from us,” Afsana said.

When the couple approached police, the latter held a meeting to affect a “compromise” in spite of the fact that the couple had asked for action against the attackers.

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“The police told us that they had ‘settled the matter and would not intervene in our business and told us that there was no need to file a complaint,” Afsana told Express.

But no real compromise had been reached, Afsana said, as when the couple attempted to reopen the shop, the attackers continued to trouble them and attempted to get money from them with threats of eviction from the village.

The couple had already contributed a sum for the construction of the temple over the opening of which their shop was vandalised.

They also told Express that police are now investigating the leak of the video and not the vandalisation.

Belagavi city police commissioner K. Thiyagarajan said while he was unaware of the incident, the couple should have “approached higher officials” if they did not get justice.

The Wire has reported on how videos showing members of rightwing Hindutva outfits mobilising outside meat shops to shut them down during the Navratri period, emerged on social media from several north Indian cities during that time.