Pravesh Gujjar, apparently the main culprit, has been arrested. Police say the incident took place a few days back in Loni, bordering Delhi
NEW DELHI — A video has surfaced on the internet showing a group of goons assaulting and abusing an elderly Muslim. The incident of hate crime is said to have been committed in Delhi’s outskirts in Loni in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district on June 5.
Abdul Samad Saifi was dragged him to a nearby hut in a forested area and beat him up.
Another video clip shows him saying he was forced to shout ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’. They punched and beat him with wooden sticks.
In the video of the horrific incident, one of the attackers also threatened Abdul Samad with a knife that he used to forcibly hack away at his beard. The video shows at least two other men shaving his beard as he pleads with them to leave him.
An elderly Man, Sufi Abdul Samad Saifi was attacked by five goons in Loni, Ghaziabad. He was threatened at the gun point, beaten, assaulted and they forcefully chopped off his beard. @ghaziabadpolice @Uppolice pic.twitter.com/0QphDcnKUN
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) June 14, 2021
“I was on my way when I was offered a lift. Two more men then got inside (the autorickshaw) and told me to stay. Then they took me to a room and locked me up and thrashed me. They forced me to chant slogans… they took my mobile away… they got a knife and cut my beard,” a visibly traumatised Abdul Samad, who was reduced to tears, said.
Adding that his attackers had boasted to him that they had killed many Muslims before, he said they even showed him videos of other Muslims being attacked.
Police have registered a case and arrested Pravesh Gujjar – believed to be the main culprit. Speaking with Clarion India, a police officer from Loni police station confirmed the incident as he said that it took place a few days back on the Loni border. He added that police have taken action in the case and arrested one man.
They are still looking for the others. Atul Kumar Sonkar, a senior police officer from Loni, said “required steps” were being taken.
Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM chief and Member of Parliament from Hyderabad, reacted to the incident and tweeted:
In Hindutva ideology bravery is always attacking frail elderly men or little teenagers. And always as a mob (never alone). @India_NHRC will you react? These men are from same ideology. Muslims’ right to dignity is being snatched by Hindutvadi goons 1/3pic.twitter.com/yZqALTCjiu
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) June 14, 2021
The country is witnessing a renewed wave of hate crimes against ordinary Muslims including lynching and attacks. Observers have warned of an increase in mob violence and cases of hate crimes as the incidents are taking place with elections in Uttar Pradesh inching closer.