About 20-25 shops have a new address: Islam Nagar Naugawaan Sadat. To add to concerns, ‘Gautam Nagar’ has been painted over with black on the address boards of some of the shops.
Around 1,500 members of the Dalit community in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Nagar locality of Amroha district are allegedly living under a threat of “conversion”.
Sources say shops in the neighborhood are slowly changing their address to “Islam Nagar” from the pre–Independence name of “Gautam Nagar”.
Most residents of the area make a living by doing odd jobs. Some are daily wage laborers, others vegetable sellers, shoe makers, etc. About 42 per cent of Amroha’s residents are Muslims, while Dalits form nearly 21 per cent of the local population of over 12 lakh.
Gautam Nagar also has a market that consists of nearly 50 shops. But tensions have risen in the area owing to developments in the past two weeks over the name change.
About 20-25 shops now have a new address: Islam Nagar Naugawaan Sadat. To add to the concerns, “Gautam Nagar” has been painted over with black on the address boards of some shops, giving a clear indication that the details will be changed.
“We even gave a written complaint to the police a few days ago but no action has been taken so far,” said Murari, a native of Gautam Nagar.
“I have been living here since birth and even the address verification certificates, Aadhaar cards and voter cards have Gautam Nagar mentioned as domicile address. We are left with no other option but to migrate to another locality or convert,” says 70-year-old Pitam.
The people of the neighborhood also tried to hold talks with the shop owners but that did not yield any results. “Humne unse baat karne ki koshish ki, samjhana chaha… lekin wo ugra ho gaye (We tried to talk to them and tried to convince them that this is wrong. But they got angry,” said local resident Roopchand. Cops say they are investigating the matter.
There are reports on how a Dalit youth was brutally beaten to death in UP’s Hathras by Muslim youths who had picked up a dispute with him. Besides this, Dalit family living in Mewat Haryana, had reported that it was brutally attacked by the village goons for refusing to convert to Islam.
“We have received a complaint on January 29 and are probing the matter. Further action or an FIR will only be registered after investigations are over,” the area’s station house officer said.
“The name of any locality cannot be changed like this. An official proposal should be given to the authority concerned after which necessary amendments are made. We will probe the matter,” said additional superintendent of police Brijesh Singh.
“The matter is not in my knowledge and if anything like this is happening, it is against law. Strict action will be taken against the people involved in it,” said Chetan Chauhan, area MLA and Uttar Pradesh’s sports minister.
Things to Note
1-Sources say shops in the neighborhood are slowly changing their address to Islam Nagar.
2-Most residents of the area make a living by doing odd jobs.
3-People of the neighborhood tried to hold talks with the shop owners but that did not yield any results.
Need of the Hour
- Don’t expect the Indian Media to be fair and show this story or have a debate on this issue in prime time..rather each one of us has to become activist and support our brothers and sisters living under the threat of conversion by Jihadhis of Gautham Nagar by sharing this news actively in social media and any other form that can reach out to the administration.
- Let all of us write email to UP CM Yogi Adhiyanath ji requesting for immediate protection for our Dalit families that are being suppressed and threatened by Jihadi goons. Yogi Ji’s email address is email@example.com please email this page or the content ASAP
- While sharing the post in social media, do tag to UP CM, RSS, Local MLA and all Hindu activists in the area and in state. We will be tagging also, so you can also follow the same pattern.
- No time to waste and we must unite and fight against such atrocities. Today, this could be them and tomorrow could be us. Remember United we stand and divided we fall.