Even though the police lodged an FIR (a First Information Report (FIR), usually prepared by police about an offense that warrants arrest) against the Muslim mob, which had to be dispersed with tear gas, they also lodged an FIR against those who “hurt” their “religious sentiments.” Muslim intimidation and thuggery are thus once again rewarded, and non-Muslim officials once again bow to their demands that what offends Muslims must not be said. A bad precedent for India, and the free world in general.
Gheraoed = surrounded, particularly by a mob until its demands are met. Lathicharge = baton charge.
“Angry over ‘love-jihad’ video, 200 storm into Surat police station,” PTI, August 1, 2016:
Enraged over a video showing them in a bad light on the ‘love-jihad’ issue, around 200 people from the minority community stormed the Limbayat police station in Surat and demanded action against those had recorded and circulated the clip, police said on Monday.
To control the mob, police resorted to lathicharge and fired at least 24 tear gas shells last night, said Limbayat police inspector BM Parmar.
“A mob of around 200 locals from the community gheraoed the police station, demanding immediate action against the perpetrators. We first tried to disperse them through mild lathicharge and then fired 24 tear gas shells to control the angry mob, which demanded immediate arrest of the accused,” said Parmar.
“We have already lodged an FIR against four accused who have allegedly hurt the religious sentiments of the minority community by making and circulating the video. On the other side, we have lodged an FIR of rioting against the mob. No arrests have been made yet,” said Parmar, adding that efforts are on to nab those who were behind making the video.
In the video, which went viral on Whatsapp on Sunday, three people can be seen threatening two members of the community to vacate their rented room and leave the area.
While threatening the boys, they could be seen making allegations that the community’s members are involved in ‘love jihad’.
“We are yet to identify and arrest the accused who have made the video. It is matter of investigation as to why they made such video and circulated it,” said Parmar.