Gujarat: VHP, RSS force Muslim businessman to sell his bungalow in Hindu locality

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Gandhinagar, April 8: A Muslim businessman was forced by Hindu right-wing activists to sell off his property and move out of a posh locality in Bhavnagar area of Gujarat.

As per a report in The Indian Express, a Muslim scrap dealer Aliasgar Zaveri had bought a bungalow worth Rs 49 lakhs in Bhavnagar, a Hindu locality, on January 10, 2014.

Pravin Togadia

But, he was not welcomed by the Hindus living there and a few months later, they started protesting against him. The Hindus said the food habits of Muslims may offend them and that it could lead to entry of other Muslims in the area, says the report.

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The report said small meetings were held outside Zaveri's bungalow and firebrand VHP leader PraveenTogadia was invited to address them. It is reported that Togadia asked the residents of locality to attack Zaveri's office,' if he did not vacate the bungalow'.

Finally on December 30, 2014, under pressure from neighbours, VHP and RSS, he sold his bungalow to real-state firm Bhumiti Associates.

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"Zaveri (Muslim businessman) tried everything possible to sort out things, but all in vain. Having realised that neighbours would not relent, he agreed to sell his bungalow to Bhumiti Associates," a senior RSS functionary who lives nearby and had participated in the protest was quoted as saying in the media report.

"Due to our agitation, the vidharmi (one from another faith, Zaveri) realized he would not be able to settle in and eventually gave in," SD Jani VHP's Bhavnagar president was quoted as saying in the report.

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