Uttar Pradesh: Another hate crime against Muslims, three clerics almost lynched in moving train

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Uttar Pradesh: Three Muslim clerics were allegedly beaten up by unidentified persons on moving train last night, when they were returning to their village in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat from Delhi. “Why do you wear a rumaal (scarf),” one of their attackers allegedly shouted. The clerics have sustained some serious injuries on their head, hands and legs.

According to NDTV, the ‘maulvis’ (Muslim clerics), who boarded a passenger train at Delhi last night, were on their way to their village in Baghpat. The three men hailing from Aheda village in Baghpat were on their way back after a visit to the Markazi Masjid in Delhi. Around 11 pm, they were preparing to get off at their destination when six men in their coach bolted the exits and started beating them, even beat them with an iron rod used as an icepick.

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One of the men, Israr, says when he asked the attackers why they were hitting him, “they said nothing and kept assaulting us”. “This has never happened before,” Israr said.” We were sitting on the upper berths and were about to reach our station. When we tried to get down, the people sitting on lower berths locked the doors and windows. When we asked them why they were locking the windows, they said “you will soon get to know” and started beating us,” said Israr, one of the three clerics who is a teacher at a madrassa.

He added, “The only issue they had with us was the handkerchief covering our head. They kept asking us why we had our head covered with a handkerchief.” Israr also said that the attackers were unknown to them, but he can identify them.

The victims got off the train at Amhaida station and filed a complaint against six unidentified persons at Baghpat Kotwali police station, he said.  Police, however, did not confirm whether the three — Gulzar (30), Israr (25) and Abu Bakr (21) — were pushed out of of the train.

The case has been registered  under sections 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 352 (assault or criminal force otherwise than in grave provication) of the IPC.

Speaking to ETV, SP Baghpat, Jai Prakash said, “The incident happened inside a train and a case has been registered as victims came to us, we have also alerted the GRP to search and arrest the culprits as soon as possible. Checking has also been ordered to catch hold of the victims.”

Earlier in June 16-year-old Junaid Khan died after an assault on a train near Delhi by a mob of 20 and his cousins were wounded. The incidents of attack on Muslims while travelling in trains have increased creating a sense of fear.

With PTI inputs

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