Rise in Murders of Muslims over Tiffs with Hindus in Delhi

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Lawyer Anwar Siddiqui feels that the hatred is also one of the prime motives behind such brutal killings

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – At midnight on 14 October, 23-year-old Faizan Muhammed was at his mechanic shop in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri. A group of people intruded into his shop and beheaded him in presence of his nephew and two employees.

According to Faizan’s family, apart from slitting the throat, he was stabbed 17 times. He had knife injuries in the waist, hand and leg. The local police have arrested four accused–Rajan (28), Sanaj (20), Sachin (20) and Akash (18).

Faizan’s family members are still clueless about the motive behind the killing. His brother-in-law Mohammed Islam told Clarion India that he had no idea why the young man was murdered but days after the murder, he came to know about some arguments between Faizan and the accused but wondered how a small argument could lead to a brutal murder.

“I’m not able to figure it out. I have not heard of any quarrel between the two parties of different communities. We came to know about the minor brawl only after the murder,” said Islam.

Faizan Mohammad

The police said that Faizan allegedly passed indecent remarks against the Hindu youths and the latter had a grudge against the former. Rajeev Rajan Singh, who is an investigating officer in the case, also told Clarion India that the murder had been committed over a small scuffle, adding that “these people are from backward castes. Murders often happen among them over minor issues.”

However, Anwar Siddiqui, a lawyer who took up Faizan’s case, feels that the hatred is also one of the prime motives behind such brutal killings. Siddiqui, who is associated with a civil rights group, Association of Civil Rights Protection (APCR), told Clarion India that he had personally followed up dozens of such cases in the last two years (2018-2020) in which Muslims were brutally murdered over minor issues or even without any issue with Hindu men or families in Delhi.

Anwar Siddiqui along with Faizan’s family members

Since 2014, this pattern of killings is rising at a great scale. He said that in the last four months, four such brutal murders were committed in Jahangirpuri itself in which the victim was from a minority community and the culprit was from the majority community. All these cases have the hate angle, too.

Other Cases of Brutal Murders in Delhi

Talking to Clarion India, Siddiqui gave details of a few recent brutal murders of Muslims over minor disputes with Hindus which he followed up personally as a lawyer and the Delhi convener of APCR.

On 18 June 2018, a 23-year-old Muslim boy, Sameer, a resident of Jaitpur, was beaten to death in a park after he had a scuffle with the supervisor and manager of the park. His body was found near the park next morning. In this case, no action has been taken and the family could not fight the case due to financial problems.

In August, 2018, a cab driver, Yusuf, a resident of Sadar Bazar’s Sarai Khaleel, was murdered by Ravi, Sanjay and Vishal. The accused booked Yusuf’s cab and took him to the Mathura area and killed him. The culprits did not loot the victim’s car, money or anything. The police did not reveal anything about the motive behind the killing. The trial of this case is going on in the Tis Hazari court.

On 8 October 2018, an auto-driver, Jahangir, who was living in Zakir Nagar, was murdered by his four Hindu passengers when he was ferrying them from Khanpur to Cannaught place during the time of Dussehra. Jahangir was killed with a knife at Kastoorba Gandhi Marg by the four men. FIR was lodged in January 2019 in this case.

On 16 January, 2019, Riyaz Ahmed, who used to live in Delhi’s Khayala, was murdered after he, along with his brothers, had a heated exchange with the people of his area over the assault on his nephew, Yusuf, who was playing with the children during the Ram Leela decorations. Sparing his other brothers, Riyaz was targeted by the Bajrang Dal activists because he had married with a newly-converted Muslim girl. The family did not follow up Riyaz’s murder case due to pressure on them.

A bus conductor, Muzammil was done to death by a bus owner, who was a Jat, just because the girl, whom the owner loved, used to talk with Muzammil. One day, the owner called Muzammil and beat him up to death. Next day, his body was found at the railway track of Nangloi.

On 5 March, 2019, Mahtab was murdered by Dinesh in Jahangirpuri because the Muslim man had a relationship with a neighbouring Hindu girl. Dinesh, who had a chemist shop, did not like Mahtab’s relationship with the Hindu girl. One day, Dinesh called Mahtab around the local school’s boundary at night and killed him with a knife.

On 27 February, 2019, Mubarak, who had a small shop in Delhi’s Narela, was beaten to death by his neighbouring shopkeepers. The shopkeepers used to pass religious slurs (Mulla and Darhiwale) against Mubarak. One day, they had a verbal duel with Mubarak leading to a fatal attack.

Abdur Raziq,16, was thrashed to death by local people in Delhi’s Bhalaswa Dairy. Raziq had gone to Bhalswa dairy to live with his uncle. During the time of Janmashtami, when he, along with other friends, went to see the festival, but while walking back to his home, Raziq forgot the route and found himself in a Hindu locality. The people of that area pounced on him and lynched him, thinking he was a ‘thief’.  This case is under trial in a Rohini court.

In August, 2019, Mohammed Riyaz, who hailed from Bihar, was murdered in Vikaspuri after his maternal uncle had a fight with a local Hindu family. The trial of the case is going on in a Dwarka court.

Muhammed Riyaz

In April, 2020, Junaid, who had a good influence on the local people, was murdered in Jahangirpuri.Some people used to have a grudge against him because he ran a gymnasium in the area.

Junaid’s brother Fazil told Clarion India that those who had been arrested by the police in his brother’s murder case were all juveniles. They are now out on bail. However, he accused the police of inaction in the case.

According to lawyer Siddiqui, too, in the majority of such cases, the police investigations remain so poor that the culprits go scot-free. No one is there to raise such issues. One of the prime motives behind such murder is hate itself.

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