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Hindus protest over alleged harassment by clansmen

Hindus protest over alleged harassment by clansmen

NAUSHAHRO FEROZE: The Hindu community in Mehrabpur held a demonstration on Thursday against alleged harassment by a group of people belonging to the Halepota clan.

Members of the Hindu community led by trustee of the main temple in the city Baba Saroop held a demonstration on Mehrabpur-Halani Road and demanded protection against the Halephoto clansmen.

Baba Saroop told the media and police that the clansmen were not only extending death threats to Hindu leaders and visitors to the temple but also hindering performance of their religious rituals and worship.

The protesters said the police were reluctant to restrain the clansmen, some of them identified by them as Ghulam Husain, Qamar, Shoukat and Ghulam Hussain.

SP Niaz Ahmad Chandio, when contacted, said that the temple trustees first intended to lodge an FIR against the clansmen but later changed their mind and got fixed a meeting with the Halepotos and some local PPP politicians, who could mediate in the matter.

They alleged that the Halepotos had created panic and fear around the temple and due to their terror the Hindu families living around the temple had started thinking about migrating to India.

Baba Saroop said the temple had been hosting religious festival every year and devotees from across Sindh and parts of India used to take part in the festivities. He said that due to the clansmen’s activities, the temple trustees were now finding it hard to hold the festival in a peaceful manner.

He said they approached the local police station but were advised to settle issues through bilateral talks.

Published in Dawn, May 8th, 2015

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