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“He is Bhairon Singh.” Slain Muslim boy’s father in Ranchi identifies one of the shooters

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The father of a 14-year-old Muslim boy Mudassir Alam who died of gunshot injuries during the June 10 protest in Ranchi filed a police complaint on Sunday, seeking action against the policemen and the assailants who, he said, fired at the protesters against derogatory comments on prophet Muhammed.

According to Mudassir’s father Parvez Alam’s complaint, the teenager was fired upon by some “from the terrace of a nearby temple.”

Mudassir was shot in his head and succumbed to his injuries a few hours after. Mudassir’s family said to Maktoob that they are not sure whether the police shot him or was it the miscreants who were present near the Hanuman mandir.

He identified one of the persons (who fired) as Bhairon Singh, who is also named as an accused in the attack on Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s convoy, according to Indian Express.

 “I was selling fruits when a mob came from Urdu Library side…my son joined the mob. From the Hanuman Temple, one Bhairon Singh and others started throwing stones. The mob retaliated in the same manner, leading to chaos…police started firing at the mob and bullets also came from the temple’s terrace,” read the complaint.

“Caught between firing by the police and from the temple terrace, my son took a bullet in the head and fell down,” Alam further said.

“Mudassir was only fourteen years old; he had just completed his class tenth board examination, and his results were due in ten days,” Mudassir’s uncle Shahid Ayyubi told Maktoob on Saturday.

Ayyubi holds the government responsible for Mudassir’s death. He claims that instead of firing at the crowd, the district administration could have used tear gas or lathi-charged it.

Ayyubi says that Mudassir was a kid and he didn’t deserve to die simply because he took part in a protest.

Irfan Khan, state president of the Muslim League who was present at the protest site told Maktoob that when the procession reached the main road near Hanuman mandir, a Hindu group started pelting stones at the procession.

“Hindu groups were present on top of Hanuman Mandir, and one of the known miscreants was Bhairon Singh, a Hindutva leader who was also accused of attacking Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren’s convoy in 2021, Singh started firing from the top of Hanuman Mandir, and that’s when the procession became ugly,” Khan added.

According to Khan, the police shooting began after Singh fired at the crowd. He claims that Bhairon Singh fired at Mudassir from the top of the Hanuman mandir, and that police fired to save Bhairon Singh.

At least two Muslim youth were fatally shot, and over 18 others were seriously injured during the protests. Another deceased was identified as Sahil (19) of Christia Nagar on the Mahatma Gandhi Road.  

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