Hindu jail inmates join Muslims to keep roza in communally sensitive Muzaffarnagar


Three years ago Muzaffarnagar witnessed one of the most bloodiest communal riots of recent times. The violence left more than 54 people dead from both communities. Since then, dozens of incidents of communal clashes have regularly been reported from the district every year.

More recently, the politicians from the BJP particularly led by the union minister, Sajeev Balyan, was accused of whipping up the communal tension in the area before the assembly by-polls.

However, it took an unprecedented gesture by by a group of Hindu inmates in the local jail to set an example of communal harmony in a communally sensitive region of Uttar Pradesh.

More than 60 Hindu inmates of the district jail here are performing ‘roza’, the dawn-to-dusk fast during Ramzan, along with 1,150 Muslim inmates.

The holy month of Ramzan commenced on Tuesday.

A PTI report said that on the first day of the Ramzan, 65 Hindu inmates kept fast with 1,150 Muslim inmates here, said Satish Tripathi, jailor of the district jail.

Special arrangements have been made for the inmates to perform prayers and enjoy their pre-dawn ‘sehri’ meal and evening meals known as ‘iftars’.

Food items like seasonal fruits, dates, 500 gram milk and various other snacks are being made available to them, he said.