In a latest episode of anti-Muslim violence in the country, a 62-year-old man, Kazim Ahmed, was attacked by three Hindu youth in Noida Sector 37 in the National Capital Region on Sunday morning.
Kazim Ahmed, resident of Zakir Nagar in Delhi said to Maktoob that he was brutally beaten, harassed and attacked by the group while he was on his way to Aligarh to attend a relative’s wedding.
The assailants targeted him for his identity as a visible Muslim, they also raised anti-Muslim slurs against him, Kazim said to Maktoob.
“While I was waiting at Noida Sector-37 to get a bus for Aligarh, some people standing at a distance in a white car called me towards them. When I went there they dragged me inside the car, rolled up the windows and started beating me before I could ask or say anything,” he said.
The elderly man alleged that he kept pleading to spare him but they didn’t listen and were consistently beating and left him abandoned in a half-dead condition. “They slipped off my pyjamas, attacked me with a screwdriver on the nose, took away all my money, belongings and spectacles. They pulled my beard and tried to strangle my neck with their towel,” the grief-stricken old man told Maktoob.
A police complaint has been filed by Kazim at the Nodia Sector 37 police station.
While sharing the ordeal with Maktoob, the old man said that he was in absolute fear and at the time of the incident he thought that he will be an another Muslim who will be lynched by Hindu fringe groups, as it has been happening for a while now.
“This is not the first attack based on my identity. I was earlier attacked by Gujjars while I was travelling to Aligarh in a train, a year ago,” said Kazim.
Kazim’s son Arham said that the police will provide the copy of the First investigation Report to the family Monday and his father Kazim Ahmed is being treated at home by his family doctor.
“We don’t want to pursue the matter in media as we will land up being a soft target of administration and we don’t have any strong backup, political or otherwise,” Arham said to Maktoob.