NEW DELHI – In a shocking incident that has sent shockwaves throughout the nation, 26-year-old Mohammed Israr, a Muslim man with disabilities, succumbed to injuries after being tied to a pole and brutally assaulted by a mob in northeast Delhi’s Sunder Nagri area on Tuesday. The assailants falsely accused Israr of theft, sparking outrage and condemnation from various quarters.
Israr’s father, Abdul Wajid, filed a formal complaint with the police, revealing the horrifying details of the attack. According to Wajid, his son was attacked by a group of locals from the nearby Sunder Nagri area after he had participated in a religious program and consumed prasad at a local temple. This seemingly innocuous act provoked a Hindu mob, leading to a brutal and fatal assault on Israr.
Disturbing video footage of the incident has surfaced, showing Israr bound to a pole and surrounded by several youths who took turns striking him with batons, all while falsely accusing him of theft.
Israr, in immense pain, managed to inform his father about the merciless beating he endured. Following the incident, a compassionate neighbor brought Israr home in a rickshaw, where he identified his attackers and provided crucial information to his father.
Tragically, Israr succumbed to his injuries around 7 pm on Tuesday, prompting his father to contact the Police Control Room (PCR). The police have launched a manhunt to apprehend those responsible for the brutal assault and subsequent death of Israr. A case of murder has been registered, and authorities are actively working to bring the perpetrators to justice.
The body of the deceased has been sent for a postmortem examination, scheduled to be conducted on Wednesday at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital.
The National Platform for the Rights of the Disabled (NPRD) has strongly condemned the killing of Mohammed Israr in Delhi’s Sunder Nagri. This horrific incident is part of a disturbing trend of abuse, physical attacks, and killings targeting disabled individuals based on their religious identity.
This incident marks the third such killing reported by the national media this year, highlighting the urgent need for addressing the underlying issues of hate-filled communal campaigns. Earlier this year, on February 25, a Muslim youth with mental health issues, Mohammad Faiyaz, was beaten to death by a mob in Bihar’s Samastipur. Similarly, in Bihar’s Saran district on June 27, a disabled truck driver, Zahiruddin, fell victim to a lynching by cow vigilantes.
Last year, in Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh, Banwarlal Jain, an elderly person with a disability, met a similar fate after being brutally beaten over suspicion of being a Muslim.
The incidents underscore the importance of not only making arrests but also ensuring that justice is served and that adequate compensation is provided to the victim’s family.
As this tragic incident continues to draw nationwide attention, it serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need for communal harmony, tolerance, and the protection of the rights and safety of disabled individuals, irrespective of their religious or ethnic backgrounds.