Police in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh, have registered an FIR against 23 Muslim youth for “promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion and hurting religious sentiments”, following allegations that they served “non-vegetarian biryani” to Hindus at a Muslim religious congregation without telling them.
Police said that the case was registered after the intervention of local BJP MLA Brijbhushan Rajpoot. A police officer also told The Indian Express that the complainant was willing to give an affidavit to withdraw the case but the MLA urged him to lodge the complaint.
The alleged incident took place in the Charkhari police station area of the district on August 31 during Urs, a religious congregation organised by Muslim residents of Salat village. The religious congregation, according to the locals, has been organised every year for the past six years at a local shrine. The FIR stated that buffalo meat was served mixed with rice without alerting the Hindus to intentionally hurt their religious sentiments.…
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