Muslim Man Shot at in Bihar’s Begusarai Allegedly Over His Name

Police said the matter was not communal and Qasim was fired at after an argument over “detergent price.”

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Mohd Qasim was shot at in Begusarai allegedly over his Muslim name.

In a video that has gone viral, a man named Mohd Qasim alleged that he was shot at in Bihar’s Begusarai district on Sunday, 26 May, morning after being asked his name.

Qasim, a detergent salesman, had gone to Kumbhi village on his motorbike on work. In the video, he is seen saying, “A man named Rajiv Yadav asked me my name. When I told him, he fired at me and told me to go Pakistan.”

In the video, Qasim can be seen in a hospital, bleeding from his back where he was shot. He said that Rajiv Yadav was drunk and was loading his gun but he managed to flee from the spot. He said nobody witnessing the incident came to his rescue.

‘Incident Not Communal, the Two Fought Over Price of Detergent’: Police

A senior police official at the local Cheria-Bariarpur police station told The Quint over phone that the incident was “not communal” as per the eyewitnesses they had spoken to. On condition of anonymity, the senior officer said, “Qasim and Rajiv Yadav had a fight over the rate of detergent. When the argument went out of hand, Rajiv fired at Qasim.”

He said an FIR has been lodged against the attacker under Sections 341, 342, 307 IPC and Section 27 of the Arms Act but he is still on the run.

The Begusarai Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) was also quoted by ANI as saying that the fight broke out between Qasim and Rajiv over the price of detergent.

“Qasim sells soap, detergent, etc. A fight broke out between Qasim and one Rajiv over the price of detergent. Rajiv took out a country-made pistol and shot him. He’s undergoing treatment, the probe is on.”
Begusarai DSP, as quoted by ANI

We’re Not Human in Their Eyes, We’re Target Practices: Owaisi

Meanwhile, AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP-elect Asaduddin Owaisi accused the BJP’s leadership of constantly demonising and associating Muslims with Pakistan. He tweeted, “ We’re not human in their eyes, we’re target practice.”

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