A 22-year-old Muslim youth was attacked in Delhi’s Bawana after he was returning from a Tablighi Jamaat event in Madhya Pradesh, police said Wednesday. While an earlier PTI report, quoting police officials, claimed the man died of injuries, police officials clarified to media that the man was alive and undergoing treatment.
The victim has been identified as Mehboob Ali, a resident of Harewali village in Bawana in capital city.
The hatred campaign launched by Hindutva groups against the Tablighi Jamaat and their circulation of fake news about the quarantined Muslims and consistent naming and shaming is taking the shape of hate crimes against the Muslim communities in the national capital.
The campaign against Tabilgh by Hindutva groups has exacerbated an already dangerous atmosphere for Muslims in the country.
Ali had gone to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh for a Tablighi Jamaat conference and returned to Delhi in a vehicle of vegetables after 45 days.
He was held at the Azadpur vegetable market and released after medical examinations, police says.
When Ali reached his village, rumours spread that he had a plan to spread coronavirus.
Ali He was thrashed by a violent mob in the fields on Sunday. Ali was also threatened by mob that he would be set on fire.
The mob took him to the field by force, even as the 22 year old Muslim youth kept pleading for mercy with folded hands. The assault on him continued and was filmed by one of the attackers.
He was taken to Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini, from where he was referred to GB Pant Hospital.
Delhi Police registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC.