Abdul Samad Saifi, an elderly muslim man of 72 years was brutally beaten up in Ghaziabad and his beard was chopped off in an assault by at least 5 local hindu men. The elderly was beaten with rods leaving his body red with bruises. A pistol was put to his head and he was forced to chant the hindu religious slogan, ‘jai shri ram’. They also stole the man’s 1200 rupees. The old Muslim man was attacked in Loni, in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district, on June 5 while on his way to offer prayers at a mosque.
According to NDTV, a group of men kidnapped Abdul Samad from an autorickshaw and dragged him to a hut in a forested area nearby. There, they shouted ‘Jai Shri Ram‘ and ‘Vande Mataram’, forced him to repeat the slogans and hit him with their hands and wooden sticks. They also accused Samad of being a Pakistani spy. “I was on my way when I was offered a lift. Two more men then got inside (the auto rickshaw) and told me to stay. Then they took me to a room and locked me up and thrashed me. They forced me to chant slogans… they took my mobile away… they got a knife and cut my beard,” Samad said, according to NDTV.
According to Times Now, the police has registered a case on the matter and arrested a person, Pravesh Gujjar. The search for the other assailants is still on. The elderly man was called to the station and his detailed statement was recorded.
The SP said to the Indian Express, “The FIR has been filed for assault and intimidation as the complaint does not mention chanting of any religious slogans.” However, as reported by NDTV, Maktoob, and the Wire, the man was forced to chant Jai Shri Ram which is a religious slogan of the Hindus. Not only was the victim beaten up mercilessly, but his beard was also chopped off too as clearly seen in the viral video. The beard was chopped for a reason, it was to humiliate the man for his religious identity. All of this makes it very clear that the attack was motivated by the victim’s religion and the SP giving out contradictory statements and not putting up proper charges against the goons really puts the matter of justice at stake. Abdus Samad even said that the goons showed him videos of other muslims being lynched. Evidences are enough to conclusively prove that the incident was an anti-muslim one and its motive was to instill fear among the minorities of that region.