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Ballabhgarh Communal tension: ‘They tied me up and set my hands on fire’

Budhhan said he managed to escape from his attackers when some Muslim youths turned up at the mosque and began retaliating.

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | Atali (ballabhgarh) |
Updated: May 28, 2015 1:29:34 am

Buddhan Khan has severe burns on both his hands. When the violence began in Atali village, a group of men bound his hands, doused them in petrol and set them on fire.

“I remember watching my hands light up. And then I remember the pain. It was unbearable. They bound me, stopped me from moving while I watched my hands burn. They told me that it was punishment for wanting to build a mosque on their land,” Khan, who kept slipping in and out of consciousness, said.

He said he managed to escape from his attackers when some Muslim youths turned up at the mosque and began retaliating. “I ran towards a nearby pool and I submerged my hands in water. By then, police had started arriving and the violence was subsiding,” he said.

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At least 15 people were injured after communal violence broke out between Muslims and Jats in Atali village in Ballabhgarh area of Faridabad district on Monday evening.

Khan and another man named Naimuddin are the ones who suffered the more serious injuries and are still in B K Hospital in Faridabad. Naimuddin, doctors, said has severe burn injuries on his face.

Naimuddin is not a resident of Atali village and was working at the mosque when the riots broke out. “I was asked to come to the village to help in the construction of the mosque. I was laying the roof when these men climbed up. I tried hiding from them, but they caught me and beat me up. I tried convincing them that I was from this village, but they said that I have been working on the mosque and this was my punishment,” he said.

A senior doctor said, “Both injured are presently out of danger. We are keeping them in the burns ward to ensure that there is no chance of infection. Also, they have been given medication to help manage the pain.”

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