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[Today’s Prayer] Clash between authorities and local residents for demolition of 'illegal' Islamic school in India... “5 people dead”

Clashes broke out between Muslim residents and administrative authorities who were demolishing an Islamic school under construction in India, claiming the school was illegal, resulting in at least five deaths and more than 150 injuries.

According to local media and the Associated Press on the 11th (local time), the conflict occurred on the 8th in Haldwani District (administrative unit) in Uttarakhand, 270 km northeast of New Delhi, the capital of India.

On this day, state authorities mobilized bulldozers to demolish an Islamic school and another building affiliated with prayer facilities, saying they were being built without government permission.

Thousands of angry Muslim residents protested by throwing firebombs and stones at the police.

Some police cars were even set on fire.

As the situation became more serious, the police began to suppress it by firing live ammunition and tear gas, the police stated.

The situation calmed down when about 4,000 police officers took control. In this process, even nearby local police were mobilized.

A video was also posted on social media showing Hindu believers throwing stones at protesting Muslims while shouting anti-Muslim slogans.

During the destruction of the mosque, about 2,000 people were killed due to the clashes between Hindus and Muslims that broke out across the country, and most of the dead were Muslims.

Critics and the Indian opposition claim that Prime Minister Modi's government's push for Hindu extremism has led to discrimination against Muslims and other minority religious believers, but the Modi government dismisses this claim.

In India, which ranks first in the world with a population of 1.4 billion people, 80% (approximately 1 billion people) of the population are Hindus, followed by 14% (approximately 200 million people) are Muslims.

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)

Lord, we hear the sad news that many people have been killed or injured in armed conflict between Muslims and Hindus in India.

Forgive the sin of those who are deceived by false gods to kill and attack each other.

Their savior is only Jesus Christ, not Islam's allah, or many Hindu gods.

Would let all hatred and conflict between Muslims and Hindus in India disappear with the love of Jesus Christ and may they praise Jesus with one heart and one lip.

Will you destroy many of idols of India and may only Jesus Christ be king!


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