A video of a group of people taking an oath to boycott shops owned by Muslims is circulating on social media. In the video, people can be heard saying in Gujarati, “હું હનુમાનજી મહારાજની સૂક્ષ્મ હાજરીમાં શપથ ગ્રહણ કરું છું કે આજથી મુસ્લિમ સમાજની એક પણ દુકાનેથી કોઈપણ ચીજવસ્તુની ખરીદી નહીં કરું ખરીદી નહીં કરું ખરીદી નહીં કરું (In the presence of Hanuman Maharaj, I take an oath that starting today, I won’t buy any goods from shops owned by members of the Muslim community. -translated)
CJ Werleman, who according to his Twitter bio is a columnist with Middle East Eye, tweeted the video suggesting that group of people are government officials.
In a later tweet, Werleman added a clarification that the subjects in the video are members of the BJP.
This video and accompanying text was circulated by other social media users. Another Facebook Page, Musalmano Jaago aur Jagaao had shared this video with a message, “Gujrat main gujraati log kasam kharahe hai KE woh log aaj se musalmaan ki dukaan see maal nahi kharidenge.” It has been viewed more than 6,000 times.
Who are this people?
We found a Facebook post condemning the boycott of Muslim shops which was posted by Muslim Ekta Manch Tasnim. In this post, they identify the members of the group as belonging to Vishwa Hindu Parishad. The post includes a formal letter written on the letter head of Muslim Ekta Manch, Gujarat. In the letter, Bhavnagar Superintendent of Police was requested to probe and take necessary actions.