A couple of days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in Uttar Pradesh with a thumping victory in Assembly election, posters appeared in Bareilly district ordering Muslims to 'leave immediately'.
Around two dozens of posters threatening that 'Hindus would do what US president Trump was doing to Muslims in that country' appeared overnight in Jianagla, a village 70 km from Bareilly.
According to the Times of India report, the poster has been signed by the ‘Hindus of the village’ with the name of a BJP MP on it as ‘guardian’.
"With BJP in power in Uttar Pradesh Hindus of the village would do what US president Trump was doing to Muslims in that country", the message in Hindi said.
What Trump is doing in America, we will do in this village because the BJP is now in powerPoster appeared in Jianagla
The message has also given Muslims residing in the village time till the end of the year to leave the place.
The notice has made Muslims in the village panic though police removed the posters and assured them safety
According to reports, text in all posters is same and it threatens Muslims of 'dire consequences' if they remain in the village.
Residents of Jianagla said they are clueless about those behind the act and they suspect that the posters were pasted on the midnight of Sunday as villagers went to sleep after late night Holi celebration.
"We slept a little past midnight, and it was only in the morning that we noticed all these posters around the village. We informed police after some residents objected to it," gram pradhan Rewa Ram said.
Police sources said a FIR has been lodged against unidentified persons and five youths have been taken into custody in connection to the case.
Police forces have also been deployed for the security of 200 Muslims living in the area.
We have been rounding up youths in the village who are involved in small-time printing and photostat businesses but we are yet to get anything conclusiveYamuna Prasad, Bareilly superintendent of police (rural)
"It was a little past noon on Holi that I found some of the posters, following which I informed the pradhan. We have been living in harmony for generations, and do not know who came up with these posters," Rafiq, a resident of Jianagla said.
Another villager, told TOI with the condition of anonymity that some Muslim families living in the area are even thinking of leaving the place after the posters appeared.
"We have never heard of anything like this in the past. Even though the authorities have assured security to us and action against the guilty, we have been exploring all options including the extreme one of leaving the village," he said.