7 Muslim men arrested in Indore for attacking health workers

In news which will bring some cheer to health workers and first responders who are facing abuse, stones, spit and worse from Tablighi Jamaatis and fundamentalist Muslims obstructing their efforts to contain the Wuhan virus pandemic, 7 men have been arrested in Indore for the shocking attack on health workers that took place there recently.

The 7 men – Mustafa, Naushad, Mohammad Gulrez, Shahrukh Khan, Mubarik, Shoeb alias Shobi & Mazid Khan – are all residents of Taat Patti Bakhal area of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. City Superintendent of Police (Sarafa) DK Tiwari said that the accused were identified based on the CCTV footage. Other accused are also being identified on the basis of video footage.

Indore has emerged as one of the hotspots of the Wuhan coronavirus with around 70 cases thus far. A high proportion of cases have been found in Muslim-majority localities like Ranipura, Tat Patti Bakhal, Khajrana etc. But health workers trying to screen people in those areas are facing an uphill task, as large sections of Muslim society have been traditionally brainwashed to suspect Government health programs like vaccination drives – rumour mills claim such drives are used to sterilize Muslim children.

Senior Muslim clerics have also spread superstitions like ‘true Muslims are immune to COVID19’. Conspiracy theories linking Govt. efforts to collate date, for screening people/delivering relief during the pandemic, to CAA-NRC fear-mongering by left-liberals has also raised anxiety in Muslim areas. Finally, 70 years of Nehruvian secular appeasement by the State has led many fundamentalist Muslims to believe that they are above the law.


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