In what appears to be a racist attack, a 22-year-old boy from Assam was thrashed by locals in Amar Colony. Police, however, said this was a case of mistaken identity and have registered a case but are yet to make any arrests.
The victim Arbazuddin has been admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital with multiple injuries. While his family members said two locals, who regularly harassed him are involved in the incident, police said that Arbzazuddin had mistakenly broken the lock of his neighbour’s house in the wee hours of Saturday and was thus thrashed by the locals. Arbazuddin’s uncle Gyasuddin denied this and said that hours before the incident his nephew had been threatened by the locals, who passed derogatory and racist statements at him. “My nephew had complained about the racist statement by two neighbours who keep pestering him. Two boys entered the flat from his balcony and thrashed him. The mistaken identity theory and that of my nephew entering the wrong flat is baseless and even my landlady will deny these vague theories,” he said.
According to the police, at around 1.30am on March 4, the police control room received a call about a thief who had broken into one of the houses at the Old Double Storey in Amar Colony. Police rescued Arbazuddin from the spot, who later claimed that he was lived in the adjacent building.
“He had returned from a friend’s place and went to the first floor of the adjacent building. When he could not open the lock, he tried to break the lock. The locals thought he was a thief and thus thrashed him,” an investigating officer said.
Police said they have registered an FIR against unknown persons at the Amar Colony police station. Arbazuddin’s uncle said, “The police had promised to arrest the racist attackers. Later they started these weird theories about mistaken identity. We were helpless and thus visited the press club on Sunday evening, to highlight this issue in the media.”
The victim is a student at a city civil services coaching institute.