Madhya Pradesh: Muslim Youth Beaten Up, Paraded in Rajgarh’s Kurawar
The attackers reportedly hurled communal abuses at the victim, 20-year-old Sameer Ullah.
A 20-year-old Muslim youth was reportedly beaten up, verbally abused and paraded on May 28 by a group of men in Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh district.
Per a report in Firstpost, Sameer Ullah, a resident of village Kotri-Kalan in Kurawar town of Rajgarh district, had bought a mobile phone from one Rinku Mishra’s shop. Sameer told Firstpost that after he demanded that the packaging box of the phone be given to him, Mishra and his friends began hurling communal abuses at him.
The group of men then beat up Sameer with batons and even empty glass bottles, the report adds. Sameer has sustained serious injuries on his head and his limbs and is being treated at a hospital in Bhopal.
“I had demanded the right cover box of the mobile phone I purchased. When I told them my name for writing in the receipt, they mocked me and started making religion-specific remarks and when I protested, they started beating me up,” Sameer told Firstpost.
A cousin of Sameer’s, Hateem Khan, reportedly said that Sameer was “paraded and beaten across Kurawar like police takes procession of criminals”.
With the help of his family, Sameer lodged a complaint and an FIR under IPC sections 294, 232, 506 and 34 has been registered against the attackers.
The report adds that the police is claiming that the incident is not that of a hate crime. Pradeep Sharma, superintendent of police, Rajgarh district told Firstpost, “Sameer Ullah had himself reached the Kurawar police station to lodge the FIR. The scuffle started over the box of the mobile phone and it was Sameer Ullah who first slapped Rinku. Following which, Rinku and others thrashed him.”
However, regarding the communal abuses being hurled against Sameer, Sharma said that it has not been mentioned in the FIR, “Sameer did not say anything about it while lodging his complaint and without his signature, the FIR could not have been completed.”
The incident comes on the heels of the brutal attack on three Muslims in the state’s Seoni district, where a group of Hindutva goons forced the victims to say ‘Jai Shri Ram’.