Elderly Muslim assaulted, alleged he was targeted due to his religion

An elderly Muslim was reportedly beaten up in a town in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district on 5 June. One of the accused in the case even cut off the man’s beard, purported videos circulating on social media showed on Monday. The victim alleged he was targeted because of his religion.

Image Source: The India Express On the 5th of June, an elderly Muslim man, Abdul Samad Saifi, a resident of Bulandshahr was assaulted in Loni in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district, while on his way to a mosque to offer prayers. He claims that he was targeted because of his religion.

The attackers allegedly abducted Abdul Saifi from an autorickshaw and dragged him to a hut in a nearby forested area, where they thrashed him and chanted slogans’ 'Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’. They allegedly accused him of being a Pakistani spy.

A video of the vile incident, in which Mr. Samad can be seen pleading with his attackers, surfaced on the internet. The video shows one of the attackers, a young man wearing a white full-sleeve T-shirt and blue sweatpants, threatened Mr. Samad with a knife that he used to forcibly hack away at his beard. Other two young men, one wearing a black shirt and red trousers and another in a light blue t-shirt and grey trousers were seen attacking Mr. Samad. A visibly traumatized Mr. Samad, agonizingly narrated the Incident, “I was on my way when I was offered a lift. Two more men then got inside (the auto-rickshaw) and told me to stay. Then they took me to a room and locked me up and thrashed me. They forced me to chant slogans… they took my mobile away… they got a knife and cut my beard”. He further mentioned that the attackers boasted about killing many Muslims before and further adding to his trauma they continued showing him videos of violence against the Muslim community. Atul Kumar Sonkar, a senior police officer from Loni, said “required steps” were being taken. Till now police have registered a case against the main accused, Parvesh Gujjar, a resident of Ghaziabad, who is in police custody, yet to narrate his side of the story. The search operation has been launched for others who were involved.