Muslim cleric, his two relatives beaten up in train in UP: FIR

According to an eyewitness, the attackers said they wanted to remove the head scarves which the victims were wearing.

Written by AVANEESH MISHRA | Lucknow | Updated: November 24, 2017 6:59 am
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A MUSLIM cleric and two of his relatives were allegedly assaulted by some unidentified persons on board a Delhi-Shamli passenger train, in Baghpat district on Wednesday night. According to an eyewitness, the attackers said they wanted to remove the head scarves which the victims were wearing.

Station Officer (SO), GRP police station, Sukhpal Singh, said Gulzar, 30; Israr, 25; and Abu Bakr, 21, were on their way to their village in Baghpat when they had an argument with six co-passengers at around 10:15 pm.

“During their altercation, the trio were allegedly beaten up by the group,” said Singh.

“We had gone to Delhi to visit Hazrat Nizamuddin and were returning in the train. We were supposed to get down at Ahera station in Baghpat, which is close to our village. As the train was about to reach Ahera, a group of six-seven youths bolted the doors. When we told them that we had to get off at the next station, they said they would let us go after some time,” Guddu, 18, who has been named in the FIR as an eyewitness, told The Indian Express.

“We had no argument with these people. They said they would remove the scarves tied around the heads of Gulzar, Israr and Abu Bakr. Since I was wearing jeans and a T-shirt, they did not target me,” said Guddu, who is from the same village as the victims.

“Before we could gauge their intentions, they targeted Gulzar, Israr and Abu Bakr, and started beating them up without any provocation. They were carrying a sharp-edged tool, with which they hit Israr, causing injuries,” he said.

He said the assailants got off the train at Ahera station. While the victims were also supposed to get off at the same station, they decided to wait for the next station, fearing that they would be attacked again. None of the other passengers came to help even after hearing our screams, said Guddu.

According to SO Sukhpal Singh, Israr suffered a head injury while Gulzar and Abu Bakar sustained minor injuries. “After treatment at the district hospital, they returned to their village, Choulhada, where Gulzar is a cleric at a mosque,” he said.

“The victims lodged a complaint at the Baghpat City Kotwali and an FIR was registered under IPC Sections 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 352 (assault or criminal force otherwise than on grave provocation) against six unidentified assailants,” said the SO.

On the cause of the argument, Singh said the victims claimed that they were beaten up for no reason. The SO, however, denied reports that the trio had been thrown out of the train. He said they got off at the Baghpat Road station.

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  1. R
    Nov 25, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    Bus ho gaya? so quick to label muslim or dalit being beaten instead of telling that misbehaving person was beaten. U think these people r from Ram Rajya and behave decently. The boy who was killed near Faridabad, about which u rallied notonmyname protest, ..u know why he has beaten and why did he die? ( i dont justify kiling anyone, just giving the reason). The boy was playing ludo with his friends capturing the birth and was not allowing anyone to sit. Alteraction happened thereafter and things went out of hand. Who is culprit.? The boy who provoked. Since he was muyslim he becomes special case for u? Same here. This entire western UP belt has worst muslims, barbaric and lunatics. Just travel on Delhi-Howrah route and face local passengers of Aligarh. U will realize that if someone kills them, it is natural due to provocation and eve teasing they do with passengers.
    1. A
      Nov 25, 2017 at 2:04 pm
      Haha... Well done.
      1. U
        Nov 25, 2017 at 9:35 am
        'maine gita aur karan ko ladte nahi dekha aur jinko ladte dekha unko padhte nahi dekha'. OK, for all those who are going to thrash me for my writing, I would make it clear that I follow all religions and I don't follow any religion. It's disheartening to see a small fraction of the population of our country, who actually are useless and have done nothing towards the development of our country are creating such chaos. They are trying to give religious cover to all their misdeeds. If you look at them, they are useless for their families too. And when I say this, I mean people from all religions. As a responsible citizen of India, we need to identify them and thrash them nicely because their parents did not give them a slap when it was required and allowed them to grow as a pain for the society. Pls for good sake let India be what it is known for. It feels bad that our soldiers are risking their lives to protect such s. Let's rise and clean up the society
        1. Y
          Nov 24, 2017 at 2:20 pm
          who says there is freedom to every one.freedom is only for those who are attached to politicians of ruling party on moneyed men.
          1. L
            Nov 24, 2017 at 2:02 pm
            Is it a news? Now all Pappu Co will fast and weep.
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