Muslim Police constable attacked for appearance

A police constable was attacked by some men for being a Muslim. In the registered FIR, the 44 -year old police constable has alleged that the men assaulted him because is a Muslim.In his complaint, Shaikh said, “As I was heading back to my home after concluding my day duty scheduled at Pratapnagar Headquarters, an unknown young person crossing the road near Shiv Shakti Mohalla locality waved his hand to me. After I asked him calmly to cross the road, he came towards me and started addressing me with the words targeting my religion.” A lawyer, who was present at the Panigate Police Station said that the officers at the station were initially reluctant to register the complaint in detail against the accused. He alleged, “The police writer was trying his best to simplify the incident, thus, to make it sound like a common quarrel or fight,”. He further added that “the simplification of it would omit the communal color the attack, helping the accused to go away easily”. “It is a case of mob attack and hate crime. Also, it does invoke some special sections of IPC for hurting religious sentiments,” he said. “It was sad to see ‘one of them’[referring to Arif] being treated differently by their own system and people,” he said referring to the police apathy.

Other Informations
Source of information News Report Place of incident Other :Road
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Other Was cross FIR filed No
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

FIR was registered under Sections 323, 143, 147, 504 and 506 (2) of the IPC.

Investigating agency State Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Need confirmation Current status Under investigation
Charges Filed Other details
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Main Information
Date of incident: August 26, 2019
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Physical assault
  • Threat
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • No. of People Injured 1
    Name of the victim : Arif Ismail Shaikh
    Name of Perpetrator
    State Gujarat
    District/City Vadodara
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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