Days after the killing of a two-and-a-half-year-old girl in Aligarh’s Tappal area, a Muslim family traveling to Aligarh attacked by Hindutva mobs in Jattari area, over 40 kilometers from Aligarh. Puja Chauhan, a Hindu woman close family friend who was accompanying the family saved from getting attacked more by the mob on Sunday, 9 June. The incident occurred when the Muslim family from Balabgarh, Haryana, was travelling to Alighar in a van to attend an engagement. The mob identified the travellers since some of the women were wearing veils. Pooja said, “The mob attacked us just because they realized that the travellers were from the other community, as some of the women were wearing veils. Such incidents should not happen with anyone.”
One of the travellers, Shafi Mohammad Abbasi, said the goons on motorcycles attacked the van with iron rods.? ?"They would have killed us had not Puja Chauhan, who is like my daughter, stepped out of the van and came between us and the attackers, she boldly confronted the attackers who were all wearing saffron scarfs.”? On hearing Chouhan's plea, "Why are you venting your anger on innocent persons and we are all equally shocked by the killing of the two-and-half-year-old girl" ? ? Abbasi said one member from the mob appeared to have softened his stand. He quietly handed us our car keys and whispered, run off immediately.? The family managed to reach Aligarh, although the driver's hands got severely injured, the police said.
Aligarh police registered an FIR against 10 unidentified people under sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with a deadly weapon), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), and 507 (criminal intimidation) of IPC on a complaint filed by Pooja Chauhan. Civil Lines station officer Amit Kumar said the victims had been sent for medical examination and security has been beefed up all over the district following the attack. Congress leader and former Aligarh legislator Haji Zamirullah Khan, who accompanied the family to the police station, told reporters "I think Puja is a role model as a citizen of our country. At a time when humane behaviour is getting rare, she stood out courageously for humanity."
Senior Superintendent of Police Akash Kulhari told PTI that the incident is an isolated one. "We are not going to permit any person to take law in his hand. A case has registered in this matter" the officer added.