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Two more arrested for attack on Muslim man in Ghaziabad; not a communal episode, say cops

ByHT Correspondent, Ghaziabad
Jun 15, 2021 11:38 PM IST

The Ghaziabad police on Wednesday arrested two more suspects in the case of a 72-year-old Muslim man being beaten up and his beard forcibly cut on the afternoon of June 5, after a video, purportedly of the incident, went viral on social media two days ago

The Ghaziabad police on Wednesday arrested two more suspects in the case of a 72-year-old Muslim man being beaten up and his beard forcibly cut on the afternoon of June 5, after a video, purportedly of the incident, went viral on social media two days ago.

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Officers leading the investigation said the suspects were known to the victim Sufi Abdul Samad, who hails from Anupshahr in Bulandshahr district. They also said the incident was one of “personal dispute” and not communal as at least one of the arrested men is a Muslim.

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Police identified the arrested men as Kallu (single name) and Mohammad Adil. On Tuesday, they had arrested Pravesh Gurjar, the prime suspect. While Gurjar and Kallu are Hindus, Adil is a Muslim, police said.

Iraj Raja, superintendent of police (rural), said Samad, who made a living by selling “taveez (amulets for good luck)”, was beaten up over the amulets that he had sold the suspects, which apparently had not brought the wearers any “good luck”.

“Investigations have revealed that the suspects knew Samad as he often came to Loni and handed ‘taveez’ to people, promising it would bring them good luck. He also offered a ‘taveez’ to some of the suspects in this case, but those did not bring them any luck. So, they were angry with him and called him to Loni on June 5. Samad arrived in Loni and reached the house of prime suspect Pravesh Gurjar, which he later claimed was ‘an unidentified location’,” said Raja.

Police also said Samad was not made to chant “Jai Siya Ram”, as alleged by him during a Facebook Live session with a Loni politician on June 7. They further said Samad had made no mention of this or his beard being chopped in his complaint to the police the same day.

In his complaint, Samad said on June 5, he arrived in Loni, Ghaziabad, and boarded a shared auto which had a few male passengers, apart from the driver. He alleged that he was forcibly taken to an isolated place where he was confined and badly thrashed by about 7-8 men, who also chopped his beard using a pair of scissors.

A video later surfaced of the incident, in which the suspects were purportedly seen beating up Samad and chopping his beard, but no religious chant or conversation was audible in the video.

Raja said their investigation had revealed no communal angle to the incident and that the present case was one of “personal dispute”.

“We arrested two more suspects, Kallu and Mohammad Adil, who were present in the house where the victim was thrashed. In the video, the suspects and the victim were talking about the ‘taveez’ but they overwrote the conversation with some song. We have some more suspects whose names have come to light and they will be arrested soon,” the SP said.

But Samad’s family refuted the police version. Samad’s son Babbu (single name) said, “My father went to Loni to visit a friend whose wife had died a couple of months ago. There, the suspects gave way to the incident. Since we are poor, the police can say anything. But everything is clearly seen in the video -- how my father was beaten up and his beard chopped off. We took help from the local politician in Loni as when we reached the police station with a complaint on June 6, the personnel there were not very cooperative.”

“We have our own small-time businesses, and my father is not into things like ‘taveez’. He is nursing his injuries and is upset by what has happened with him,” he added.

Police, meanwhile, said they will add Section 295a (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code to the case registered at the Loni Border police station.

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