Tension in Ajmer after Hindutva group targets Sufi shrine


Shiv Sena Hindustan, which recently made headlines with its violent protest in support of a  Muslim man’s killer in Rajasthan, made derogatory remarks about the Dargah Ajmer Sharif and Sufi saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, leading to tension in the city, according to media reports.

The khadims (custodians) of the shrine filed a complaint against the organisation on December 22 and demanded an immediate ban on the group, The Wire reports.

The trigger was Shiv Sena Hindustan general secretary Lakhan Singh’s appeal to volunteers to initiate a campaign seeking Hindu support for demolishing the centuries-old shrine, claiming that a Hindu temple used to exist there.

The Khuddam-e-Khwaja community and Chishty Foundation of Ajmer Dargah organised a protest march on December 22; the Gaddi Nashin of Ajmer Sharif Dargah and chairman of the Chishty Foundation Syed Salman Chishty said that hundreds of khadims took to the streets and protested peacefully.

Shiv Sena Hindustan members staged a violent protest near the Udaipur court premises in support of Shambhulal Regar, accused of brutally murdering Afrazul, a Muslim labourer from West Bengal.

A delegation of Khadims met officials of the district administration and presented a memorandum on the safety of the dargah and maintenance of peace and harmony in the city.

Source: Kashmir Monitor


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