October 17, 2021
‘They asked if I am Hindu or Muslim and when I told them I am a Muslim they started beating me up’
NEW DELHI – In a case of communal violence targeting Muslims, two men were brutally beaten up in Bihar’s Nalanda district.
Both the victims alleged they were attacked for their religious identity. The incidents took place on Friday evening.
A video has surfaced on social media in which Saddam Qureshi and Mohammad Raja recount the horrific assaults on them. He said he was walking with his daughter in his arms when he saw some men engaged in a quarrel in a locality in Mahua Tola village. Qureshi can be seen with his head covered in bandages and bruises on his cheeks. He alleged when the mob heard his Muslim name they started punching him. “I don’t know why they beat me up. There was no issue at all,” said Qureshi.
Similarly, Mohammad Raja was also beaten up in a similar fashion. “I parked my bike on the roadside and started walking towards my home when they confronted me,” Raja said. “They asked if I am Hindu or Muslim and when I told them I am a Muslim they started beating me up. There were 10-15 people.”
Both Qureshi and Raja were taken to hospital for treatment as they were wounded in the attack.
Calls to police for comment did not evoke any response. An FIR has been registered in one of the three incidents on the insistence of Akhtar who said police was reluctant to entertain the complaint.