A 72-year-old man, Abdul Samad Saifi, was allegedly attacked by at least two people and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Ghaziabad’s Loni.
According to the video, his beard was chopped off, while abusers forcing him to chant Jai Shri Ramâ in the Loni area of Ghaziabad. The Ghaziabad police informed that a FIR has already filed they have apprehended one man, Parvesh Gurjar for his involvement in this alleged incident which took place on June 5 but was reported to police two days later.
Amit Pathak who is the senior superintendent of police said victim Abdul Samad, a Bulandshahr resident, did not made any allegation of being forced to chant Jai Shri Ram or the chopping up of his beard, in his FIR lodged on June 7. “How come he is making new allegations now on June 14?” asked Pathak, suspecting someone else of provoking him to make new allegations.
Ghaziabad (Rural) SP Iraj Raja said Gurjar was arrested a few days after the incident as he was found involved in beating up Samad too and he too was put behind the bar. SP Iraj Raja stated the motive behind the beating up of Samad by Gurjar and his associates was a dispute between the two over the purchase of an amulet.
After Gurjar’s arrest, the police repeatedly called Samad to take part in the investigation, but he never came to the police, the SSP said, adding he was also summoned for Monday, but he didn’t show up. On the other hand in the video, Samad shown his injuries and said that he was abducted from the Gokulpuri area when he took an auto for Loni in Ghaziabad and four men suddenly pounced upon him inside the auto, covered his head with a piece of cloth and began beating him up.
“They eventually drove me to a secluded house in a field in Behta Hazipur village of Loni where they further beat me up while asking me to chant Jai Shri Ram,” alleged Samad in the video. “Every time I cried in pain and uttered Allah they beat me up again asking me to chant Jai Shri Ram instead,” said Samad. “They even chopped my beard, calling me a Pakistani spy,” he said.