Muslim Man Brutally Beaten Up By Right-Wing Criminals After He Refused To Chant Jai Shri Ram
On Sunday evening, BJP Yuva Morcha leaders had walked into the local market, chanting slogans as a mark to celebrate Narendra Modi's four years in power when the fight broke out.
A Muslim priest was brutally beaten up near Daladali Chowk in Ranchi when he was returning from Agdu village of Ratu block after finishing prayers along with his brother on Sunday. He was attacked by right-wing activists who were miffed after a scuffle occurred in the local market in the evening.
“Around a group of 20-25 people beat up Maulana Azharul Islam and his brother Maulana Imran after they refused to chant Jay Sri Ram,” Jharkhand Chhatra Sangh president Shamim Ali told NC24x7. The police have arrested two individuals last night after the pictures of the assaulted Maulana went viral.
On Sunday evening, a group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yuva Morcha leaders walked into the local market, chanting slogans as a mark to celebrate Narendra Modi’s four years in power. The shopkeepers requested them to avoid sloganeering as a huge crowd had gathered for Eid shopping. The youth leaders didn’t budge and a fight broke out between them. Four individuals were taken to the hospital after the fight in the market. “The BJP was celebrating in the area even after they were denied permission by the administration,” Ali said.
Following the incident, the local right-wing activists were filled with rage. Around twenty people went in two Scorpio cars and attacked the priest and his brother with hockey sticks after abusing them near Daladali Chowk between 10-11 pm. The brother Imran escaped and ran towards the closest village and informed locales. Imran along with the others took Azharul Islam to Ranchi West Hospital. Later, he was shifted to another local hospital.
“We were planning to call a bandh, but the local administration acted promptly. The motive behind the attack is very clear,” Ali informed.
Around 11 pm when the photos and videos started circulating on social media, there was panic in the city and police was on high alert. The local administration asked many Ranchi-based influential people to avoid sharing stories related to the event on any social media platform to maintain peace ahead of Eid. Following the warning, many individuals have removed their post related to the event from social media. Yet Facebook and Twitter are flooded with the horrifying images. The local residents on Monday protested at the Ring Road, adjacent to which the Muslim priest was beaten up.
The Constitution says that we are a “secular” republic. But, the condition of Muslims in the country presents a different picture. Does the party at the Centre sitting at the helm of affairs care about the Constitution? These events are probably their style of answering.