Man Thrashed, Forced to Chant Slogans in NE Delhi, Accused Held

Date: 25 March 2021

Category: Hate violence

In north east Delhi’s Khajuri Khas area, a man who was seen thrashing another and forcing him to chant Pakistan Murdabad (down with Pakistan), was arrested and an FIR registered against him. The accused, identified as Ajay Goswami, is also an accused in a Delhi riots case. “Say Pakistan Murdabad, say it loudly. Say, Hindustan Zinadabad.” In the video, people can be heard giggling while the man is being tortured and physically assaulted. The victim is also seen holding Goswami’s feet, begging him for mercy. Goswami picks him up and slams him on the ground.

 

Sources:

https://www.thequint.com/news/india/man-thrashed-ne-delhi-khajuri-khas-pakistan-murdabad-hindustan-zindabad#read-more 

https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Delhi/key-accused-in-khajuri-khas-thrashing-case-held/article34164901.ece 

 

Hindutva Goons Harass Muslim Youth for Wearing Rudraksha

Date: 21 March 2021

Category: Harassment 

A video surfaced on social media showing a Muslim youth being allegedly harassed by a group of Hindutva goons in the Meerut area of Western Uttar Pradesh. Sachin Gupta, a local journalist who uploaded the video on Twitter, identified the victim as Faiz Khan who worked at a salon. Gupta said that the men who beat Khan were members of Bharatiya Janata Party’s youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). He wrote that they beat Khan allegedly for wearing a garland of Rudraksha, used as prayer beads in Hinduism. The video shows goons abusing Khan and asking him why he wore the garland as they grab him by the collar. One of them shakes Khan’s moustache in a painful way. They ask him if he would recite the Geeta and Hanuman Challisa, a Hindu hymn, in a temple. As the video went viral, the Meerut Police responded to Gupta from its official Twitter handle saying: “Legal action has been taken by the police station Kankar Kheda in the said case.” The  in charge of the station said that they are yet to ascertain where the incident took place as they have not received any formal complaint from the salon. “The video has been uploaded on Facebook claiming it happened in Kankar Kheda and linked it with a salon incident but we have not received any application from the man who is being beaten,” the officer said.

 

Sources:

https://clarionindia.net/in-ups-meerut-hindutva-goons-harass-muslim-youth-for-wearing-rudraksha/

https://twitter.com/imMAK02/status/1373533808574656512 

 

Muslim Family Accused of 'Land Jihad', Forced to Give up House

Date: 21 December 2017

Category: Hate speech

Protests by residents of a Hindu-dominated locality in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut along with some BJP leaders forced a Muslim family to surrender their house in the Chahashor mohalla. “In the past few months, Muslims have managed to buy three houses in the neighbouring lanes and we Hindus could not do anything about it,” a neighbour Sushil Goswami told Scroll.in, while another said: “How can we share our neighbourhood with a Muslim?” According to an Indian Express report, one Nauman Ahmad had purchased a house in the Maliwara locality of the city from Sanjay Rastogi – a Hindu man. However, when Ahmad and his family attempted to take possession on December 17, they had to face the ire of the residents who staged a protest outside their house. A shopkeeper in the area said that over 200 people had gathered and were asking the family to leave. “Some youths raised pro-BJP and pro-Hindu slogans,” he claimed. The protest was led by members of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of ruling BJP, according to Scroll.in, and was joined by BJP corporator Sandeep Goel. After police intervention, it was decided that Rastogi would return the entire amount paid by Ahmad within two months. Deepak Sharma, the general secretary of the BJYM, said that while Hindus are “continuously selling properties… Muslims are buying them,” adding that “Their culture, thoughts and way of life are different from ours. It starts with one house and slowly, the whole area will become Muslim-dominated. We cannot allow this to happen.” He further boasted about stopping 25 such “Hindu-Muslim property transactions” in the last five years. “Mostly those under the jurisdiction of the Kotwali police station.”

 

Sources:

https://thewire.in/communalism/meerut-hindu-muslim 

https://scroll.in/article/862216/how-can-we-share-our-neighbourhood-with-a-muslim-in-meerut-now-theres-talk-of-land-jihad 

 

Two Muslim men thrashed on theft suspicion in UP, one dies

Date: 18 February 2021

Category: Hate violence

One man died and another sustained grievous injury after they were brutally thrashed by a mob on suspicion of being thieves, in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, police said. According to the police, the autopsy report of the victim, Rehaan, 31, stated that he died due to antemortem head injuries (head injury caused by a blunt object when alive). Saba, the victim’s wife, alleged that her husband and his friend Shahrukh were caught urinating on the wall of a house by the owner and they were later beaten up. Bareilly SSP Sankalp Sharma said, “Rehaan and Shahrukh were caught by Nandan Singh and his family on the suspicion of robbery. They were later rescued by the police after being thrashed. Rehaan had suffered serious head injuries. We had registered an FIR under IPC sections 307 and 323 on the complaint of Rehaan’s wife. Now, section 302 (murder) was added to the FIR. We have arrested main accused Nandan Singh and he has been sent to jail.”

 

Sources:

http://muslimmirror.com/eng/two-muslim-men-thrashed-on-theft-suspicion-in-up-one-dies/ 

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bareilly/taken-for-thief-31-year-old-man-beaten-to-death/articleshow/81078334.cms

 

False conspiracy about ‘love jihad’ in Noida spun based on 2017 image from Lucknow

Date: 9 April 2021

Category: Hate speech

Around the first week of April, several social media users posted an image of a policeman interrogating a couple, while passers-by record the incident on phone cameras. The image was shared with the claim that the police in Noida caught a Muslim boy ‘trapping’ a Hindu girl in ‘love jihad’. An elaborate message shared with the photograph claims that Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s anti-Romeo squad caught a couple in Buddha Park in Noida’s Okhla. The boy identified himself as Lalit while the girl said that her name was Vandana. They said that they were hanging out with mutual consent but the policeman present at the scene was not convinced. The boy’s name turned out to be Rehan when the cop looked at his identity proof. “Vandana was in sheer disbelief. She had seen him wear a Hanuman locket around his neck,” says the message before warning men to not let their sisters and daughters befriend any man without the family’s consent. The photograph dates back to March 2017. Several media outlets had used the image to report about ‘Anti-Romeo Squad,’ an initiative by UP CM Yogi Adityanath, that aims to check eve-teasing, stalking, harassment of women and more importantly, curb ‘love jihad’ cases. ‘Anti-Romeo Squad‘ was formed at the police station level in the state. Alt News reached out to several photojournalists and crime reporters in Lucknow in an attempt to identify the person who shot the photograph or the police officer in the image. While we were unable to discern the photographer’s name, the officer is inspector DK Upadhyay. Upadhyay recognised the image by our description and said, “It’s been several years since this incident happened. I don’t recollect the details. However, to the best of my knowledge, this incident is not related to love jihad.”

 

Sources:

https://www.altnews.in/false-conspiracy-about-love-jihad-in-noida-spun-based-on-2017-image-from-lucknow/ 

https://thelogicalindian.com/fact-check/love-jihad-in-noida-27795 

 

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