Policemen & mobs led by leaders of the BJP, Congress & BSP had ransacked shops and settlements of Muslims in their third successful attempt within two years to stoke communal riot.
The riot which took place on Gandhi Jayanti, led to a massive outmigration of the victimized community, reminding one of the days of the 1947 partition.
This film focuses on precisely on this unnoticed phenomenon that we could trace out in this first-ever state-sponsored communal riot since the formation of Uttarakhand, engineered by RSS which has been working for a long time in this part to arouse the dormant anti Muslim sentiments in the Bengalis, Sikhs & Panjabi Hindus who came after partition to India.
At a time when the state is going to polls this riot assumes an electoral importance. Many perpetrators of this riot are candidates in the state assembly election this year.
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Editor’s Note: It is worth remembering that during partition, many refugees from Punjab were given land grants in the Terai region of Uttarakhand. However, so inflamed was the mood, that many participated in attacks on local Muslims who had been living in the region for centuries. The troubles in Rudrapur, echoed by an earlier incident in Kotdwar must not be allowed to fester, lest this kind of negative mobilization becomes more widespread. Those responsible must be rebuked and punished.