After a video of the Hindu youths’ horrific assault on a 72-year-old elderly Muslim Abdul Samad went viral on social media, the Ghaziabad police have arrested a Muslim youth Aadil who “rushed to the scene to rescue Abdul Samad” from assailants.
Two other Muslim men Aarif and Mushahid were also named in the FIR.
The police have ruled out any anti-Muslim angle, news agency Press Trust of India reported.
Aadil’s brother Mohammad Sajid told Maktoob that Aadil was innocent of the charges against him.
“Aadil and his friends received a call informing them that Samad was being assaulted by Pravesh Gujjar and others. They rushed to the scene to rescue him” Sajid told Maktoob, while on his way to the court to challenge the false allegations against Aadil.
In the video of the incident, a group of men can be seen brutally thrashing the 72-year-old Abdul Samad. It also showed them forcefully cut his beard using a scissor. Samad told Maktoob that the Hindu men offered him an auto ride, took him to an isolated spot and beat him up, forcing him to chant Jai Shri Ram and sing Vande Mataram.
According to him, Aadil knew Gujjar as they frequented the same gym owned by Aadil in the locality. Samad’s testimony of the incident will also be taken in the court, he said.
“Will he (Aadil) make an elderly Muslim man chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’? It is bizzare,” Sajid said to Maktoob.
Aadil’s another brother Mohammad Shehzad alleged that the case against his brother is fake.
“We don’t know what to do, but truth will come out very soon,” Shehzad tweeted on Tuesday noon.
Police also arrested Kallu Gujjar, apart from the main accused Pravesh Gujjar who was already arrested.
“The main accused Parvesh was present along with Kallu, Poli, Aarif, Adil and Mushahid when the victim met them in Loni’s Baheta. The accused and victim were known to each other as Saifi (Samad) had sold them an amulet promising them positive results. The amulet did not work and the accused in anger beat him up. While two more persons have been arrested, the others will be caught soon,” said Ghaziabad Police in a statement.
Adding to this, Shalabh Mani Tripathi, UP BJP’s spokesperson took to Twitter to allege that “Adil, Arif and Mushahid were also involved in sorcery and destroying the life of a pregnant woman in the name of amulet”. He further added that “to defame Ram’s name and to incite riots in UP, the rioters fabricated a different story.”
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took on Congress’s Rahul Gandhi Tuesday over his tweet condemning the recent attack in Ghaziabad. Accusing Rahul of spreading “poison” through “lies”, the saffron politician demanded that he stop “humiliating, defaming the people of Uttar Pradesh”.
Posting a news report on the attack on the social media platform, Gandhi had commented, “I am not ready to believe that true devotees of Shri Ram can do this. Such cruelty is far from humanity and is shameful for both society and religion”.
Additional reporting by Rushda Khan.