New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday launched an attack on Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel after a speeding SUV ploughed into a religious procession in the state, killing one person and injuring several others.
BJP leaders Amit Malviya and Suresh Nakhua called the incident, which occurred in the Jashpur district, an instance of “communal profiling and assault” on Hindus.
BJP IT cell chief Malviya described the incident as an “instance of communal profiling and assault on Hindus”. He also lashed out at the CM for his and Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s visits to Uttar Pradesh, where a car had allegedly run over protesting farmers at Lakhimpur Kheri on 3 October.
A speeding vehicle runs over a Hindu religious procession in Jashpur, Chattisgarh, without any provocation whatsoever.
This is second such instance of communal profiling and assault on Hindus while CM @bhupeshbaghel is busy helping the Gandhi siblings find political ground in UP. pic.twitter.com/olheUNVPgG
— Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) October 15, 2021
BJP spokesperson Nakhua echoed the claim.
Second instance of communal profiling and assault on Hindus in Jashpur, Chattisgarh where speeding vehicle runs over a Hindu religious procession, without any provocation.
— Suresh Nakhua ( सुरेश नाखुआ )🇮🇳 (@SureshNakhua) October 15, 2021
A speeding SUV did run over a Hindu religious procession — organised to immerse Durga idols — at Pathalgaon in Chhattisgarh.
However, it does not appear to be a communal attack since the two people arrested in the incident — Bablu Vishwakarma and Shishupal Sahu — have Hindu names.
#UPDATE | Both accused of the incident where a speeding car mowed down people in Pathalgaon, Jashpur arrested. Both – Bablu Vishwakarma and Shishupal Sahu – are residents of MP and passing through Chhattisgarh. Action is being taken against them: Jashpur SP office#Chhattisgarh
— ANI (@ANI) October 15, 2021
Local residents have claimed that the two were smuggling ganja and set the car on fire after the accident to destroy evidence.
Malviya and Nakhua were subsequently called out by Twitter users for sharing fake news.
Sad to know that Bablu Vishwakarma and Shishupal Sahu are 'communal'. They shouldn't be doing this to their own community members. Shameful.
— Sania Ahmad (@SaniaAhmad1111) October 15, 2021
Both the accused, Bablu Vishwakarma and Shishupal Sahu have already been arrested. Congress Govt will ensure justice.@CG_Police please take note – this man is trying to foment communal tensions. Please take action.
— Ruchira Chaturvedi (@RuchiraC) October 15, 2021
What's logic is it?🙄 You are the same guy who are silent on #LakhimpurKheriMassacre!Listen the two man who runned over the procession is hindu,It means you saying that hindu killing hindu, यार दुःख सबको हुआ इस तरह किसी का जान जाना बहुत डरावना है, हर चीज में राजनीति घुसा देते हो!
— Don't forget 2nd wave (@Ravi_Bhaiyaa) October 15, 2021
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