Bihar: CM Nitish Kumar condemns those who forced Muslim journalist to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’

Such incidents will not be tolerated, said Janata Dal (States) .Bihar CM Nitish Kumar condemns those who forced the Muslim journalist to sing ‘Jai Shri Ram’

British Bihar Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday condemned the adoption of a Muslim journalist by a group of men believed to be members of the Bajrang Dal, NDTV, the channel for which Munne Bharti works, was reported. On June 28, Bharti said that the accused he and his family had forced to say that the Hindu song “Jai Shri Ram.” In consideration of the BBC, Bharti said that the group had threatened to put their car on fire on the road if they did not.

Kumar, who heads the Janata Dal (States), said such incidents would not be tolerated. Bharti Kumar reported the incident on Twitter.

Bharti traveled with his parents, his wife and two children from the town of Karneji in the bias district in Vaishali, in the village of Raheemabad in Samastipur. Arriving at Muzaffarpur National Highway 28, he noticed a large traffic jam near the toll. When asked a passerby about the reason for the jam, the youth warned him to go back, saying that his car was burned by members of the Bajrang Dal.

Bharti said that a group of men dressed in saffron and armed with bamboo sticks noticed that his bearded and veiled father, and began to sing Jai Shri Ram and slammed his sticks on the ground. Then the men shouted “Jai Shri Ram Tell or I burn you,” Bharti said.

The journalist said that he and his family could not leave the place once they have complied with the group’s requests.

On July 1, President Pranab Mukherjee raised the issue of spreading violent lynchings across the country, which largely targeted Muslims. “We must think of this country when we see that someone is being lynched,” Mukherjee said during his speech in reference to the number of cow-related atrocities across the country. The government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been criticized for doing little to stem the growing number of incidents across the country.

Modi broke his silence for several months, on June 29 with a statement condemning the murder on behalf of cows worship. His comments were followed by the head of Congress and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who said that some people “cast a negative influence on the name of religion.”

JD’s (U) allies were upset with Kumar, especially after stating that he had supported Ramendra presidential candidate Nath Kovind, national presidential candidate of the National Democratic Alliance Narendra Modi.

On June 28, thousands of people from all over the country went to the streets to protest against the recent lynching of Muslims and other incidents of community violence and casteuse. The latest in this series of incidents is the murder of a young Muslim aboard a local train to Ballabhgarh, Haryana June 22

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