Rajasthan Muslim Auto Driver Thrashed, Forced to Chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’

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Gapphar Ahmad Kacchawa was left with broken teeth, a swollen eye and bruises on cheek after the assault. — Express photo

‘The men pulled my beard, kicked and punched me as a result of which 2-3 of my teeth broke…I sustained serious injuries… After beating me up, they said we will rest only after sending you to Pakistan’

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NEW DELHI – A 52-year-old auto-rickshaw driver, Gapphar Ahmad Kacchawa, was assaulted in Sikar district of Rajasthan on Friday when he refused to chant “Modi Zindabad” and “Jai Shree Ram”.

He was left with broken teeth, a swollen eye and bruises on his cheek. The police have arrested Shambhudayal Jat (35) and Rajendra Jat (30) for the alleged crime, reports Indian Express. The police took the action after Kachhawa lodged an FIR. He also alleged that the duo robbed him of his wristwatch and Rs 700 in cash.

Kachhawa has been admitted in a government hospital in Sikar after sustaining multiple injuries, said Shahid, his nephew.

“At around 4 am on Friday, my uncle was returning after dropping off passengers to a nearby village when two men who were in a car stopped him and asked for tobacco. However, they declined to take the tobacco that my uncle offered and asked him to say “Modi zindabad,” Shahid was quoted as saying.

In the FIR registered by the police, the automan said that the men slapped him when he refused to comply.

“One of the men asked me to chant the slogan ‘Modi Zindabad’ and I refused… Then he slapped me hard. I took my taxi and tried to flee towards Sikar. But they followed me in their car and stopped my vehicle near Jagmalpura. They forced me to descend from the vehicle and they badly beat me up…The men abused me and forced me to chant ‘Modi Zindabad’ and ‘Jai Shree Ram’,” Kacchawa said in his complaint.

“The men pulled my beard, kicked and punched me as a result of which 2-3 of my teeth broke…I sustained serious injuries on my left eye, cheek and head as they assaulted me with a stick. After beating me up, they said we will rest only after sending you to Pakistan,” Kacchawa said in the FIR.

On the basis of the auto driver’s complaint, the police on Friday registered an FIR under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage reli­gious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or reli­gious beliefs), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), 327 (voluntarily causing hurt to extort property, or to constrain to an illegal act), 382 (theft after preparation made for causing death, hurt or restraint in order to the committing of the theft) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC.

“After the FIR was lodged, we arrested two people yesterday. Preliminary investigation suggests that these two men had parked their vehicle and were consuming alcohol when they stopped Kacchawa, misbehaved with him and assaulted him,” said Pushpendra Singh, station house officer, Sadar police station, Sikar.

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