A day after four persons were arrested for allegedly beating up a madrasa teacher and a van driver while they were on their way to dump the discarded remains of animals sacrificed on the eve of Bakrid, the family members of three of the accused claimed police had held the wrong persons.
The family members of two of the accused said both of them were AAP supporters and conducting a fogging drive when the madrasa teacher, Mohammad Khalid, and van driver, Ali Hasan, were assaulted in outer Delhi’s Kanjhawala area. The family members of another accused claimed he had called up police to inform them about the assault.
Police arrested Naveen, Sudhir and Devesh of Rani Khera village, and Abhishek of Rasoolpur village after the assault Wednesday night. Both villages are near the area where the assault took place. Naveen and Sudhir’s uncle, Jasbir Dabas, told The Indian Express Friday, “They cannot think of beating any Muslim bhai. Many live in our village and we celebrate all festivals together.”
He said his nephews were with him on a fogging drive when they heard something had happened in another locality and rushed to the spot.
“By the time we reached, the attackers had fled. Two police vehicles came and the policemen started shoving us into the vehicles. They picked up my nephews,” said Dabas. He said Sudhir was pursuing graduation and Naveen helped his father with farming and both were AAP supporters.
People in Rasoolpur village claimed police were wrong to arrest Abhishek because he himself had called them. Cops say accused have no ‘gau rakshak’ link On talk that suspected gau rakshaks carried out the assault, a senior police officer said the four persons arrested had no ties with any cow protection vigilante group.
Rajpal, a person who claimed to have seen the assault, told The Indian Express, “It was dark. I could not make out faces, but I saw some people beating up two persons while shouting ‘gau hatyare’ and bringing them to a plot next to mine. There were many of them and the two persons being beaten up were pleading to be let off. Soon, many people gathered and police also arrived. Police picked up some youths standing there.”