Man protests at Mumbai station, claims ‘defamed as terrorist’

Virar resident Saeed Khan (30), a driver by profession, sat outside the police station with his wife and children, each of them holding a placard that read, “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist.”

| Mumbai | Published: September 29, 2016 2:20 am

A Muslim man Tuesday sat in protest outside the Virar police station, alleging that he was being defamed as a ‘terrorist’ on social media.

Virar resident Saeed Khan (30), a driver by profession, sat outside the police station with his wife and children, each of them holding a placard that read, “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist.”

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According to the police, Khan has alleged that for the past week, his photograph has been circulating on WhatsApp groups with the caption that he was one of the four suspected terrorists spotted by schoolchildren in Uran.

Khan told the police that several of his relatives and friends had called him to inform about the images. He decided to stage a sit-in protest after the police did not record an FIR of defamation. An inquiry by the Virar police, however, has found that there are no terror links behind the pictures.

“The photographs were circulated by Khan’s landlord. The landlord wants to evict him but Khan refused to vacate his home. We have registered a non-cognisable offence against the landlord based on Khan’s complaint,” said Sharda Raut, Superintendent of Police, Palghar.

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