Muslim Mechanic Lynched in UP’s Shamli

Date: 10 September 2021

A 17-year-old Muslim auto mechanic was beaten to death by a mob in Banat village near Shamli town of Western Uttar Pradesh, police and victim’s family said. A case of murder was registered at Aadarsh Mandi Police Station against eight accused, police said, and one person was arrested. 

“We opened the investigation and arrested the main accused, Vardhan.” Sunil Negi, a police inspector, told Clarion India over the phone. The seven others named in the FIR are: Vatanraj, Akshay, Raj, Ashish, Lucky, Chintu (Ayush Rana) and Bhonda.

“The accused belong to Jat community while the victim is a Muslim,” added Negi.

Apart from murder, the police has also invoked charges of rioting against the accused under Section 147 and 148 of the Indian Penal Code.

Sameer Chaudhary, 17, had gone out on an errand in the village market when he was assaulted by the mob. According to his uncle Adil Chaudhary, the mob hit him repeatedly in his head, leaving him grievously injured. He was taken to a hospital in Shamli where doctors referred him to Muzaffarnagar town for better treatment but he succumbed to his injuries on the way.

Sameer’s cousin Parvez said that a group of Muslim boys were arguing with boys from the Jat community on some matter but the “elders from their community intervened and started beating up Muslims.”

He said while they managed to run, Sameer was caught and brutally thrashed. “They smashed his head on the road repeatedly.”




Two arrested after Muslim man forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in MP

Date: 30 August 2021

Two people were arrested for allegedly assaulting a Muslim man and forcing him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district.

According to the complainant Abdul Rashid, who works as a ragman, the assault took place when he was looking to collect scrap items in the district’s Mahidpur area.

“I went to Sekli village to collect rags when the accused came to me and said how dare you enter the village. They started pushing and abusing me. I requested them to allow me to leave but they started forcing me to chant Jai Shri Ram,” he said. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media. 

Police said that acting on Rashid’s complaint, they arrested the accused Ishwar Singh, 27, and Kamal Singh, 22. The two were booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion), 505 (2) (public mischief), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), police said.




9 People Served Externment Notices for Demanding Justice for Indore Bangle Seller

Date: 07 September 2021

Naushad Pakiza, a 40-year-old businessman-cum social activist, was served an externment notice by the Indore District Court on September 3 on charges of holding up traffic and raising slogans in support of Tasleem Ali, who was beaten up at New Govind Nagar on August 22 for ‘concealing his identity’ while selling bangles, outside the Central Kotwali on the intervening night of August 22-23.

In a viral video, 25-year-old Ali is shown being thrashed by some men who accused him of harassing women on the pretext of selling bangles on Rakhi.

The notice, served under Section 5(A)(B) of MP State Security Act, 1990, terms Pakiza as a “notorious criminal” who was involved in unlawful activities. On the midnight of August 22-23, he and other men gathered outside the Central Kotwali police station and tried to disturb the communal harmony, stopped traffic and raised slogans that can disrupt peace, the notice says.

The police had registered an FIR against three known and 25 unknown persons for unlawfully gathering outside the Central Kotwali under Sections 147, 341, 294 and 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The crowd was demanding justice for Ali, who had been arrested under IPC Sections 354, 467, 468 and the POSCO Act, 2012.

Pakiza is among nine people who were served the externment notices under the MP State Security Act and termed as “notorious criminal” by the court last week for gathering outside the police station and raising slogans in support of Ali.

Pakiza turned to social activism during the pandemic after “seeing the ordeal of common people and fed hundreds of them everyday in both the lockdowns”. “I have no criminal record, but still the police have booked me for the alleged crime which I haven’t committed,” he says.

Besides Pakiza, the externment notices were served to three Congress leaders, two Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) members, two social activists and two other persons.