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Muslim popcorn seller attacked in Bengaluru - DOTO

Muslim popcorn seller attacked in Bengaluru

It was just another day for Navaz Pasha, a popcorn seller, who was preparing to make popcorn early in the morning on Saturday, June 11, at Lalbagh Botanical Garden, known to draw local morning walkers and joggers, especially on weekends. Navaz tore open an oil packet with his hand and put the torn fragment of the packaging in his mouth while filling the empty oil bottle at his stall and spat it away later. Meanwhile, a middle-aged jogger was observing Navaz, clad in a white kurta and pyjama and listening to an Islamic recital, from a distance. He walked towards him and asked for his name. As soon as he heard, “my name is Navaz,” he gathered a mob by shouting, “look, this Muslim boy has spat in the oil thrice.” “I kept pleading in front of everyone, you can check if I have spit, but they didn’t let me speak,” he recalls. “The middle-aged man even came close to hitting me, but thankfully, he didn’t hit me,” says Navaz. The jogger kept blaming him for lying. “Why would I spit in the food? We don’t even do this with our enemies. I, my friends, children, all of us eat the popcorn; why will I spit in the oil, then?” says Navaz. A Siddapura constable, who was doing rounds near the Lalbagh, got involved and alerted other senior officials who came to the spot and detained him. He was caught and dragged away by the collar, and even his oil bottle was seized, “I felt humiliated and embarrassed with the way I was treated and by the media coverage,” says Navaz. “They did this to me only because I am Muslim. The man created an issue only after hearing my name. He might have let go of me if I had said a different name, a Hindu name,” feels Navaz. He was taken to the Siddapura police station for further interrogation, where Navaz denied all the allegations. The police also seized the popcorn machine and took it to the station. The accuser refused to come to the police station to even file an FIR against Navaz, because of which police had to register a case suo motu. They have charged him under Sections 269, 270, 272, and 273. Sections 269 and 270 deal with offences affecting public health and safety and are used to penalise negligent acts that would potentially spread infection of diseases that are dangerous to life. Sections 272 and 273 prescribe punishment for adulteration of food or drink intended for sale. Navaz was later released on police station bail with the help of Ajmal, his neighbour. Ajmal tried to persuade the cops to drop charges against Navaz, but the police said, “it has become a big issue and is in the media, and they have no option but to file a case against him.” Upon knowing about Navaz’s arrest, his distraught mother and her daughter reached the Siddapura police station. His mother, who is a patient of low blood pressure and fits, sat outside the police quarters under a tree, crying and refusing to eat the entire day. Her health deteriorated to the extent that she had to be taken to the hospital on Tuesday, June 14.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Business premises
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Business premises Was cross FIR filed 0
perpetrator Organizational Unknown Details of the FIR

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Date of incident: June 11, 2022
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Physical assault
  • Vandalism/Hooliganism
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Navaz
    Name of Perpetrator
    State Karnataka
    District/City Bangalore City
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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