On 7th September 2020, Aftab Alam a 45-year-old Delhi driver was dropping few passengers in Bulandsahr. While returning from there to head towards Delhi he took few passengers. During his drive he made a call to his son Mohammad Sabir where it can be heard that the passengers were forcing Mr. Aftab to chant "Jai Shri Ram".
In the audio file of the call available with The Wire, at 8:39 minutes, one of the men can be heard saying, “Jai Shri Ram bol, bol Jai Shri Ram”. Sabir heard no conversation after that. But 11 minutes later, at the 19:41 minute mark, one of the men can be heard saying, “Saans ruk gayi.” ‘He has stopped breathing.’
Taking the unusual notion of the call Sabir recorded it until the victim's phone ran out of battery following this Sabir contacted the local police to trace his father. Mr. Aftab's lifeless body was found near Badalpur Police Station by tracing his last location. His body had received several injuries. Sabir broke down upon recalling the sight of his dead father. “His tongue area was badly bruised, ears were bleeding, there was a big cut on his face. This is clearly a case of mob lynching,” he said, using the phrase which has come to symbolise hate crimes in India. “But the police has only registered a robbery case.”