Muslim man assaulted, forced to chant Jai Shri Ram, daughter begs for mercy

Date: 13 August 2021

A Muslim e-rickshaw driver was paraded through a street, assaulted and allegedly forced to chant Jai Shri Ram by a group of men in Kanpur. An FIR was lodged against five named persons and 8-10 unidentified accused persons for rioting, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt at Barra police station. Police said three persons — Ajay, Rahul Kumar and Aman Gupta — were arrested in connection with the case.  A video of the incident was widely shared on social media. Afsaar Ahmad is seen being paraded through a street and being heckled and assaulted by the group and forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram”. Some of the miscreants wore saffron scarves. His young daughter clung to him as she pleaded with the assaulters to spare him. He is eventually seen being boarded into a police vehicle by policemen. In his police complaint, Mr. Ahmad said he was driving his e-rickshaw at around 3 p.m. when the accused persons started abusing and beating him. They threatened to kill him and his family, he said. He claimed he was saved by the police. Three people arrested for assaulting Afsaar were released on bail in 24 hours.  The three accused were identified as Aman Gupta, Ajay Rajesh “Band Wala”, Aman Gupta and Rahul Kumar.




Hoardings with fake quotes attributed to prominent Muslims appear in UP’s Pratapgarh

Date: 15 August 2021

A video of hoardings attributing communal statements to prominent Muslim names recently emerged on social media. They were installed on the boundary wall of Uttar Pradesh-based TP Inter College in Kunda, Pratapgarh. According to a media report, the banners were installed on the night of August 12. The hoardings show images of AIMIM leader and MLA Akbaruddin Owaisi, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, 13th Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid, Azam Khan, founding member of the Samajwadi Party, Noor ur Rahman Barkati, former Shahi Imam in Kolkata and Zakir Naik, controversial Islamic cleric. A user posted a video of police surrounding the banners and alleged that these were installed by Muslims. A cropped photo of the banners attributing quotes to Naik, Barkarti and Bukhari was circulated on WhatsApp. 

On August 12, Pratapgarh police tweeted a video and stated that objectionable hoardings were installed by “mischievous elements” in the Kunda area. SP Pratapgarh Satpal regarding the incident. He said, “There have been no arrests and the investigations are ongoing. However, FIR has been filed against unknown persons under the Indian Penal Code section 153 A [Promoting enmity between different groups] and other relevant sections.” The hoarding alleges that Akbaruddin Owaisi said that since the Muslim population in Hyderabad city has crossed over 50%, Hindu festivals should be prohibited. As per the 2011 census, the percentage of Hindu and Muslim population in Hyderabad city is 64.93 % and 30.13 % respectively. Thus, the statement itself carries disinformation. According to the hoarding, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, 13th Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid, said that Hindus should leave UP, Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Hyderabad because the Muslim population is in majority in these states. He is portrayed as warning Hindus of the fate of Kashmiri Pandits if they do not leave. However, none of the mentioned states have Muslims in the majority according to the 2011 census. The hoarding also claimed that Azam Khan, founding member of SP party, said Muslims will boycott Vande Mataram because in Islam secularism and nationalism are prohibited.




Sedition Case Against Karnataka School For Staging Anti-CAA Play

Date: 29 January 2020

Bidar police registered a sedition case against the principal and other authorities of a local school for allowing students to stage a drama which allegedly “portrays Prime Minister Narendra Modi in poor light” in connection with the CAA and NRC.


The management of Shaheen School was also booked for “promoting enmity between different groups” under Sections 124(A) and 153(A) of the Indian Penal Code.


Police said the case was registered on a complaint from social worker Neelesh Rakshyal on January 26.


The complainant alleged that the school authorities ‘used’ the students to perform a drama on January 21, where they “abused” Modi for introducing the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Register of Citizens.


“The management tried to create ‘fear’ among the Muslims that they would have to leave the country if the CAA and NRC are implemented,” Rakshyal said.