Asked to Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’; Beaten Up & Pushed Off Moving Train: Muslim Man in West Bengal
"When I refused, they started to beat me, nobody came to my rescue."
A 24-year-old madrassa teacher was allegedly pushed off a moving train on Monday, June 24 after a group asked him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and he refused. Hafeez Mohd Sahrukh Haldar was reportedly travelling from Canning in South 24 Parganas district to Hooghly when the attack took place.
“I was travelling to Hooghly when a group of people were chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ inside the compartment.They asked me to chant the same. When I refused, they started to beat me, nobody came to my rescue. The incident took place while the train was between Dhakuria and Park Circus stations. They pushed me off the train at Park Circus station. Some locals helped me,” Haldar told The Indian Express.
Fortunately, he survived the assault and sustained minor injuries. However, the police claim that the matter is not a hate crime and is one of “boarding and deboarding issues”. “Proper treatment was provided to him. It seems that he was assaulted during the journey due to boarding and deboarding issues. There were two to three people who sustained minor injuries. Investigation is on and no one has been arrested,” a railway police official told IE.
The Railway police reportedly filed a case against unknown persons under IPC Sections 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (acts done by several persons). The alleged attackers have not been identified yet and the police is verifying the incident.