“Atankwadi should be treated this way,” MP Home Minister Defends Bulldozer Action

By Sonal Nain, 14 Apr 2022

Violence erupted in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone on the occasion of Ram Navami, one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals, as hoodlums and pyromaniacs pelted stones and burned down public properties and vehicles to oppose the Hindu procession passing through their neighbourhood. 

Soon after the clashes, Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra declared, “Jis ghar se pathar aye hain, us ghar ko hi pathar bana denge,” Those who pelted stones would have their homes reduced to rubble. The MP government started a demolition drive in the areas where the clashes occurred, saying it should be “visible” to people to restore their faith in the administration. 

Dr Mishra speaks to Mojo Story about the violence and the state’s bulldozer action that demolished several illegal buildings in Khargone, saying that he couldn’t wait for the court’s decisions and that the government had to step in and punish these perpetrators, “Atankvadi, should be treated only this way.”

He further stated that he is satisfied with his statement and that everything is done in accordance with the law, “These people deserve it. They have burned down poor people’s homes, injured children, and shot SP. Our police force was on the scene. The police and courts will make their own decisions, but we must demonstrate to them that this government will not remain silent.”

He claimed that the demolition of houses has nothing to do with religion, “The pelting of stones began from within the Mosque. Rioters can be clearly seen in videos and CCTV footage.”


Watch the full conversation below.