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18-year-old madrasa student’s arm broken for not saying ‘Jai Mata Ki’

While no arrests have been made, police registered an FIR three days after the incident on charges of assault and wrongful restraint.

Written by Alok Singh | New Delhi |
Updated: March 30, 2016 10:47:16 am
madrasa student 759 18-yr-old Dilkash was attacked in a Delhi park. Express Photo by-Gajendra Yadav

An 18-year-old madrasa student’s arm was broken, and two of his classmates injured on March 26, after a group of young men allegedly assaulted them for not saying ‘Jai Mata Ki’ in outer Delhi’s Begumpur area.

While no arrests have been made, police registered an FIR three days after the incident on charges of assault and wrongful restraint.

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According to Dilkash, he and his friends, Ajmal and Naeem, were walking through a park in the area when they were assaulted.

“My friends and I had gone to Bans Wala park, some 300 metres from the madrasa, when we were attacked by a group of young men. They spotted us because we were wearing caps and asked us to say Jai Mata Ki,” he told The Indian Express.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Vikramjit Singh told The Indian Express that a case was registered Tuesday under sections 323 (causing hurt), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 34 of the Indian
Penal Code at Begumpur police station.

“We were waiting for the medico-legal report. The case was registered on the basis of Dilkash’s complaint as he had suffered a fracture. In their complaint, he mentioned that he and his friends were forced to say Jai Mata Ki,” said Singh.

According to Dilkash, one of the assailants hit Ajmal after they “refused to chant Jai Mata Ki. “When I intervened, they started beating me as well,” said Dilkash, adding that Naeem was also roughed up.

Dilkash, Ajmal and Naeem are from Bihar’s Purnia district and came to Delhi last year to study at the Faiz-ul-uloom Ghausia madrasa in Ramesh Enclave’s Mohammadi Masjid.

The trio said they managed to escape after a few minutes and flee towards the madrasa.

“We called the police on 100 and they responded fast by sending a police vehicle that took us to a hospital,” said Naeem.

Sonu, a local resident, said, “Police did not act even after multiple calls were made by us. Finally, the youth were taken in a PCR vehicle to Sanjay Gandhi Memorial hospital.”

Ajmal said they had given police the names of two of the attackers. Madrasa committee member Bilal said such an incident was unprecedented in the locality. “People from several communities live in this area and we have never heard of such an attack. We request police to catch the culprits as soon as possible,” he said.

According to Bilal, the madrasa was started 25 years ago and taught students from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Delhi. “At least 20 young men study and live here with the help of donations from local residents,” he said.

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