In UP’s Greater Noida Mosque, Imam, Worshippers Assaulted by Group of Men During Prayers

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Police standing nearby mosque after the incident. — Twitter photo

Police file case against unidentified attackers

Team Clarion 

NEW DELHI — A group of men barged into a mosque and assaulted the imam as well as other worshippers at Rampur Majra village in Greater Noida near Delhi on Saturday. The incident took place around 8:30pm, when people were offering their evening prayers.

Speaking with Clarion India on Monday, Braj Nandan Rai, Circle Officer at Dankaur police station, confirmed the incident and said the police have registered a case against unidentified men invoking sections 147, 148 (rioting), 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others), 295 (defiling place of worship) and 296 (disturbing religious assembly).

He said that the attackers are yet to be identified. The police picked up a few men on the basis of suspicion but released them after questioning as they claimed that they did not know the attackers, Rai said. “It was a quarrel between two sides of the same village and it seems they want to resolve the issues by holding a panchayat (village sitting),” he added.

Imam of the mosque in the attack.

Hindustan Times cited a local Raisuddin, relative of one of the persons injured in the incident, who said that a youth from their community allegedly had an argument with a woman from another community on Friday.

The women, according to report, complained about the argument with her family members who then went to the Muslim locality where they threatened them of “teaching them a lesson”.

“At night, however, they orchestrated the attack and injured the Imam, Nasir Muhammad, and my relative Fateh Mohammad, who was offering prayers, at the mosque,” Raisuddin said.

The youth who argued with the woman had no connection with the Imam and his relative, Raisuddin said.

Nasir who was injured in the head and Fateh in the back were admitted to a private hospital in Noida following the attack.

Parts of north India have been witnessing a spike in hate crimes against Muslims including cases of lynching as number of Covid-19 cases start to decline.

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