Muslim vendor thrashed for not showing ID

Date: 27 August 2021

A 45-year-old Muslim hawker selling toast on the road was allegedly beaten up by two men in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district after he failed to produce an Aadhaar card to prove his identity, police said. two unidentified persons asked Jaheer Khan, a resident of Amaltaz village, to show his Aadhaar card when he was selling toasts on nearby Baroli Road, 60 km from Dewas city. 

When he told them that he did not have the card, they allegedly abused him and beat him with sticks and belts, said additional superintendent of police (rural) Suryakant Sharma.

“Both are residents of Borli village and I have seen them in the village in the past, I recognise them from their faces and they have warned me not to enter the village again,” Khan was quoted as saying by India Today.

Khan lodged a complaint with Hatpipaliya police station on Wednesday evening, the ASP said, adding that he had not sustained grievous injuries.

A case was registered under IPC sections 294 (abusing), 323 (causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention), he said.





Lyricist calls Mughal kings ‘glorified dacoits’

Date: 26 August 2021

Hindi film lyricist Manoj Muntashir was at the centre of a growing Twitter storm on Thursday with several colleagues in the industry and others slamming him for “seeding hatred” in a video in which he compares Mughal emperors to “dacoits”. Muntashir, who has written lyrics for films such as Kesari and Bhuj: The Pride of India, had uploaded the controversial video titled Who are your ancestors on Twitter on August 24. Some people, including filmmaker Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri, also spoke in his support. The one-minute video has him on screen declaring that the country had been brainwashed and roads were named after “glorified dacoits” like Akbar, Humayun and Jehangir.




Muslim dosa vendor attacked for ‘economic jihad’ in Mathura

Date: 29 August 2021

A Muslim dosa vendor was verbally attacked and maligned by a mob of right-wing vigilantes in Vikas Bazar area of Mathura for naming his stall Shrinath Dosa Corner.

A video of the incident was later posted on Facebook by Devraj Pandit, the man who was leading the mob. The video shows Devraj arguing with the Muslim vendor. He asks the vendor to name his food stall after Allah and not after Hindu gods. Pandit goes on to argue with the vendor and says, “Sab hindu bhai yehi sochke aayenge ki ye hindu ka stall hain (All Hindu brothers will come to this stall thinking this stall is run by a Hindu).”

The mob then vandalized the dosa stall and chanted “Krishna bhakt ab yudh karo, Mathura ko bhi shudh karo (Devotees of Krishna wage war, help purify Mathura).”

Devraj Pandit also accused the vendor of “economic jihad”, claiming that Hindus don’t get employed because of people like him. Pandit appealed to his Facebook followers to “rebel against such vendors who seek the aid of Sanathana dharma”. Interestingly, Pandit identifies as a devotee of priest Yati Narasinganand Saraswati.

This is the second case this month, post the arrest of Uttam Malik, one of the accused in the Jantar Mantar anti-Muslim slogans case, wherein priest Saraswati’s name has recurred.

According to journalist Alishan Jafri, who documents anti-Muslim violence in India, the vendors have sold their old cart and changed the name of their stall to “American Dosa”.




Muslim youth in UP assaulted by mob on theft suspicion

Date: 25 August 2021

A Muslim youth was dragged by his hair, beaten up, stomped on his neck and his legs were tied up to make him "confess" to theft.

The incident took place in Bareilly at the bus station and a video of the incident later went viral on social media. Bareilly Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rohit Singh Sajwan has ordered an FIR. "We have taken suo motu cognizance and filed a complaint under sections 147 (rioting), 149 (offence committed by any member of an unlawful assembly, 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 342 (wrongful confinement) of the IPC against unidentified persons. Those who assaulted Sahil will be identified through videos and photographs," he said.

According to reports, a passenger, Devendra Kumar, found that his phone was missing from his pocket while another man claimed that his wallet had been stolen.

The by-standers began questioning those who were standing nearby and Mohd Sahil, a 20-year-old labourer, fumbled when he was questioned.

The mob immediately pounced on him and started assaulting him.

He was assaulted for nearly 30 minutes before police arrived. None of the stolen items were recovered from him.

Sahil was taken to the hospital and later put in lock-up.

On the basis of Devendra Kumar's complaint, an FIR was registered against an "unidentified" person.

Kotwali SHO Pankaj Pant said, "We found Sahil was involved in the crime but no phone or wallet was found on Sahil. "We found a phone from a person called Sabir, his friend. He has also been arrested."

This is the fourth such case in Bareilly since 2019.