Fearing that a ‘mystical’ tree was cutting in on Mohammed’s popularity, Muslim hardliners promptly mounted an attack led by ringleader Zainal Afrin. They came in the cover of night and viciously hacked away every branch one at a time, leaving the 100-year-old banyan tree for dead. The mystical tree never saw it coming and was reduced to a mere shadow of its former self.
Police have been sent in to protect the remains. At this time, it’s touch and go. But locals are hopeful that the tree will make it. A prayer vigil will be held this evening.