Elderly Man Beaten Up In Rajasthan For Not Chanting "Jai Sri Ram" & "Modi Zindabad"
Khan Iqbal| India Tomorrow
JAIPUR, AUGUST 9—An elderly man in Rajasthan’s Sikar town was brutally beaten up by two men after he refused to chant “Jai Sri Ram” and “Modi Zindabad”.
Talking to India Tomorrow, Station House Officer (SHO) Pushpendra Singh said that two accused, Shabbu and Rajendra, have been arrested in this connection so far.
The 52-year-old victim has been identified as Gaffar who is an auto-rickshaw driver.
The victim’s nephew Shahid told India Tomorrow, “My uncle has been very badly beaten up. He has sustained serious injuries. He is not even in a condition to speak. He is currently admitted in a hospital”.
Gaffar told mediapersons that he was forced to chant “Jai Sri Ram” and “Modi Zindabad”. “When I refused to do so, they beat me up, pulled my beard, verbally abused me and said that ‘we will not rest until we send you to Pakistan”, the auto-driver said.
Many people have expressed their anguish over this incident on social media since the incident happened on Thursday.
An FIR has been registered at Sikar Police Station. According to the FIR, the victim, Gaffar had dropped off passengers at Singar, a place near Sikar. It was here that two young men had signalled him to stop. They were inside a car. That was when they assaulted him.
The police have filed the case against the accused persons under Sections 323, 341, 295A, 54, 506, 327, 382, and 24 of the IPC.
Expressing concern over the incident, Mohammad Nazimuddin, the state president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Rajasthan, said, “Such incidents will increase the polarization in society and will give rise to acrimony within society.”
He said, “Those who carry out such acts should be punished severely and the government ought to undertake serious efforts in order to curtail such incident".
(The news was originally written in Hindi. It has been translated into English by Firasha Sheikh, an intern at India Tomorrow)