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Eid al-Fitr Marred by Bias Crime at Rutgers University's Islamic Center

New Brunswick


By: Richard L. Smith 

The Rutgers University Police Department is actively investigating a burglary, criminal mischief, and bias crime that occurred at the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers University (CILRU) in New Brunswick, NJ.AdRutgers Police Director Kenneth Cop said the incident took place during the overnight hours between Tuesday, April 9th,  and Wednesday, April 10th, coinciding with the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, a significant Islamic holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

Authorities report that the perpetrator(s) forcibly entered the building located at 122 College Ave on the College Avenue Campus, causing damage to several valuable items inside. 

Thankfully, the center was unoccupied at the time of the incident.

The Rutgers University Police Department is urging anyone with information or who was in the vicinity during the incident to come forward and contact the RUPD's Detective Bureau.

The incident has drawn the attention of Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin, who expressed his dismay and assured that his office, alongside the Rutgers Police Department, New Jersey State Police, Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, the Division of Criminal Justice, and the Division on Civil Rights, is investigating the crime and seeking justice for those affected. 

Platkin emphasized New Jersey's zero-tolerance policy for acts of hate against the Muslim community, especially during a period meant for celebration and reflection like Eid.

In a time where unity and support are paramount, Platkin reassures the Muslim community across the state of their full and unwavering support.  

He also encouraged the public to report any bias incidents, emphasizing the state's commitment to protecting its diversity and ensuring a safe environment for all its residents.