Muslim Man ‘Beaten Up’ For Joining Kanwar Yatra, Cops Deny Claim
The police has rubbished the claims and said the cause of the fight was a dispute between neighbours.
A Muslim man, Irshad, says he was beaten up by members of his own community in Uttar Pradesh’s Bagpat district.
Irshad alleges that he was beaten up because he had gone to Haridwar to join some of his friends on a Kanwar Yatra – a religious Hindu ritual.
Upon his return, members of his community objected to it. “They said it is the against religion,” Irshad said.
“I had gone with a few Hindu friends on a bike and even fetched Ganga water in a small bottle, which is still with me at my home. But this did not go down well with a few of my neighbours and they thrashed me after I returned. Before that, they threatened my family,” he added, as per a report in The Times of India.
The police, however, rubbished Irshad’s claims.
According to circle officer of Baraut, RK Kushwaha, “There was no issue of Kanwar or bringing water, it was a personal dispute between neighbors. Complaint over brawl has been received, case is being registered,” ANI reported.
The Times of India report quoted Kushwaha as saying that it was ‘coincidental’ that his return to the village coincided with Irshad bringing the ‘Kanwar’.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been filed against a Zakir Ahmad on the basis of Irshad’s family’s complaint, under Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke) and 452 (house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault) of the IPC. No arrests have been made in the case so far.
(With inputs from The Times of India and ANI)
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