Muslim man forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in UP; 2 arrested

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Bulandshahr, June 18: In Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, a Muslim man was assaulted, tormented, and made to recite “Jai Shri Ram” by three attackers on suspicion of mobile phone theft. The suspects also recorded the entire episode, which assisted authorities in apprehending them.

Although the crime was reported on June 13, the accused were apprehended on Saturday night when the victim’s family contacted the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) City.

According to the complaint filed at the Kakod police station, Sahil was standing at the village bus stop on June 13 when three youngsters approached, forced him to sit on their bike, and drove him to a remote location. They then began questioning him about a mobile theft, which Sahil said he was unaware of.

After that, he was chained to a tree, beaten, shaved his head, and made to recite “Jai Shri Ram.” They also filmed Sahil and posted it widely on social media channels. Sahil contacted the police after successfully fleeing the scene.

He alleges they declined to take action and instead accused and arrested him for stealing. Salhil and his family claim that the police harassed them and encouraged them to drop their complaint.

On June 17, the victim’s parents filed a complaint with the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) City. They also utilised a viral video of the attack to back up their accusations.

Following their complaint, authorities initiated an investigation, which resulted in the arrest of two of the three accused.

SN Tiwari, ASP City Bulandshahr, confirmed the arrests, saying, “Taking cognizance of a viral video on social media, it has come to our attention that a young boy from the same village was brutally assaulted on suspicion of theft. Two of the accused have been arrested as a result of the victim’s family’s complaint, and more legal action is being pursued.”

Noor Bano, the victim’s mother, voiced her anxiety, claiming that the accused has continued to threaten them. “They are tyrannical people who continue to threaten us. We are poor people, and my son is only a painter,” she explained. Shakeel, her husband, repeated her words, wanting justice for their kid.