A group of youths in Murshidabad tried to cause trouble in the region on Wednesday. Abhishek Sarkar, known in Murshidabad for his vocal pro-BJP views, was their leader. The gang had dressed up in skullcaps and lungis to throw stones at a railway engine bound for Sealdah. The dress is stereotypically associated with Muslims in UP. The youths appeared to be trying to impersonate Muslims while carrying out their acts.
Locals confronted them when they changed clothes near the railway line. Police picked up and detained them. The incident was popularly understood to be an effort to pin the blame for "trouble" solely on Muslims. This comes in the wake of state-wide protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The BJP has denied any official association with the act.
Uttar Pradesh is currently experiencing a very charged and uneasy social atmosphere. The BJP Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, has publicly vowed to put in place the CAA and the NRC. On Wednesday, protests took a tragic turn in Lucknow, the state capital, as a protester died. Police firing was the cause of his death. UP continues to experience agitations across the Capital. The government has been aggressively clamping down on dissent.