Assam: Muslim man thrashed by Hindutva men during rally against Bangladesh violence

Jabir Ahmed Barbhuiya

Jabir Ahmed Barbhuiya, a Muslim resident of Assam‘s Kalain town was attacked by Hindutva men who were the participants of a large bike rally, held in Silchar against the communal violence in Bangladesh during Durga Puja celebrations.

“They pushed me from the back and attacked me with a glass bottle on my head. All of them were members of the RSS and Bajrang Dal,” said Jabir who was trying to pass by the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Silchar.

The Muslim youth was attacked by protesters outside the DC office, he said.

Jabir said he has lodged an FIR against the assailants in Silchar Sadar Police station.

Videos shared on social media show that the members and local leaders of VHP, Hindu Jagran Manch, Bharat Sevasram Sangha, and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh raised anti-Muslim slogans along with “Jai Shree Ram” chants during the rally.

Assam media reported that the Special Director General of Assam Police GP Singh has asked the Superintendent of Cachar Police Ramandeep Kaur to look into the matter.

“Received news that during a rally of Bajrang Dal and VHP in Silchar, someone hit a youth in the head with a glass bottle at Capital Travels Point. The youth has already lodged a complaint with Silchar PS. I request the people of Barak Valley to maintain peace and harmony at all times,” read a tweet of Assam MLA and AIUDF spokesperson Karim Uddin Barbhuiya.

“I urge the District Administration to find out the culprit at the earliest & take strict action against those guilty. I have spoken to @dccachar & SP @cacharpolice over phone, and they assured me that the culprit will be found and punished at the earliest,” he added.

A video accessed by Barack Bulletin shows that a group of men who wear saffron clothes confronting the unidentified group in the street.