BJP Leader attacked in Tamil Nadu after questioning illegal Mosque Construction

M. Ashwin Kumar’s hails from the town of Ramanathapuram and is also the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) town general secretary. A recent Facebook post by Ashwin Kumar has questioned the illegal construction of a Mosque at Maharnombu pottal area in Ramanathapuram.

As per his complaint, In 2006, the location mentioned has been granted permission for commercial purposes only. He also goes on to mention that this location has an overwhelming presence of Hindus with two famous Hindu temples; ‘Kattu Pillayar Koil’ (Ganesha Temple) and ‘Iyappan Temple’. The construction of a Mosque, that too within 100 meters from the temples, will only disrupt the peace between both the existing communities.

இதுக்கு நல்ல முடிவு….வருமா?

Posted by Ashwin Kumar on Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tension prevailed in the district of Ramanathapuram, when a six-member gang tried to attack the BJP functionary. This attack has been orchestrated within seven days after a post by the Facebook user ‘Jafar Sathik Jasb’.

In the post, on 14th June 2017, the facebook user has mentioned, ‘Insha Allah, this cheap fellow’s death is within a few days, Insha Allah, Ameen’.

As the gang members attempted to attack Ashwin Kumar, his father came to his rescue. Both Mr. Kumar and his father sustained grievous injuries and are admitted to the Government headquarters hospital here.

According to H Raja, National Secretary of the BJP, the attackers went to a nearby Mosque to offer prayers soon after the incident. He has also requested the DGP to take appropriate actions against such Jihadhi style of attacks in Tamil Nadu.

Tamil Nadu has seen attacks on a number of Hindu leaders, mostly those belonging to the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), in the last few years. As many as six prominent right-wing leaders associated with BJP or its Sangh affiliates have been killed in Vellore, Ramanathapuram, Salem, Madurai and Chennai, while there have been as many murder attempts on other right-wing leaders since October 12, 2012.

These murders are now being linked to the banned radical Islamist terror group, Al Ummah, which emerged in Tamil Nadu in the aftermath of the Babri Masjid demolition and was also charged in the 1998 Coimbatore bombings that left 58 dead.

6 killed since Oct ‘12, many other attempts

October 2012, Vellore: BJP medical wing secretary Dr V Arvind Reddy

March 2013, Ramanathapuram: BJP ex-councillor K Murugan

June 2013, Madurai: Hindu Munnani leader Palkara Suresh Kumar

July 2013, Vellore: Hindu Munnani state secretary S Vellaiyappan

July 2013, Salem: BJP state general secretary V Ramesh alias Auditor Ramesh

June 2014, Chennai: Hindu Munnani Tiruvalluvar district president K P Suresh Kumar.

Note: Cover picture of Mosque is representational