KOLKATA — Two days after 22-year-old Tabrez Ansari passed away in Jharkhand after being beaten up by a mob for close to 18 hours and forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman,” a madrasa teacher was reportedly pushed off a moving train for refusing to chant the same slogan in the heart of Kolkata, a Government Railway Police (GRP) officer said on Tuesday.
Hafeez Mohammed Sahrukh Haldar, a 26-year-old madrasa teacher from West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district was allegedly beaten up and pushed off from moving train by a group of men after refusing to chant “Jai Shri Ram”, a Government Railway Police (GRP) officer said on Tuesday.
Haldar who was travelling from the district’s Canning to Hoogly via train last Thursday, reportedly told a group of people chanting “Jai Shri Ram” in his train compartment began heckling him to join in their chants. When he refused, the group began beating him.
“He said a group of men came to him and urged him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. They started beating him when he refused before pushing him off the moving train as it was entering the Park Circus station,” a GRP officer said, reports IANS.
Haldar sustained minor injuries over his eyes and hand.
Talking about the incident, a railway police official said Haldar was probably assaulted due to boarding and de-boarding issues and a probe into the incident was on. He added that no one had been arrested yet.
Haldar has filed a case at the Ballygunge railway station under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.
(With inputs from IANS)