Muslim man assaulted on his way to mosque

An elderly Muslim man was attacked in Loni, in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district, on June 5 while on his way to offer prayers at a mosque. According to NDTV, a group of men kidnapped Abdul Samad from an autorickshaw and dragged him to a hut in a forested area nearby. There, they shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram‘ and ‘Vande Mataram’, forced him to repeat the slogans and hit him with their hands and wooden sticks. They also accused Samad of being a Pakistani spy. “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,” Samad said, according to NDTV. A video of the attack has now been circulated on social media. According to Times Now, the police has registered a case on the matter and arrested on person, Pravesh Gujjar. The search for the other assailants is still on. Senior police officer from Loni Atul Kumar Sonkar said “required steps” were being taken.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Investigating agency Victim's lawyer
Role of police Need confirmation :Police have registered a case and arrested a Pravesh Gujjar, who is believed to be the main accused. They are still looking for the others. Current status Under investigation
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Date of incident: June 05, 2021
Nature of Violence
  • Physical assault
  • Threat
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • No. of People Injured 1
    Name of the victim : Abdul Samad Saifi
    Name of Perpetrator Pravesh Gujjar
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Ghaziabad
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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