An elderly Muslim man was brutally thrashed by in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad district for not chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan.

Incident took place in the town of Loni on June 5 when the elderly man was on his way to a mosque to offer prayers.

Abdul Samad was allegedly kidnapped by miscreants who took him to an isolated place, assaulted him and forced him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Mataram’.

Attackers reportedly accused Samad of being a Pakistani spy. One of the attackers threatened the elderly man with a knife.

Ghaziabad police has registered a case & arrested one person – Pravesh Gujjar – in this regard. Search is on to nab other attackers.

The victim alleged that attackers cut his beard and also showed him a video of other Muslims being attacked.

“I was on my way when an auto rickshaw driver offered me a lift. Later two more men got inside the auto and told me to stay. Then they took me to a jungle and locked me up in a room and thrashed me. They asked me to chant Jai Shri Ram and Vande Matram…They snatched my phone and broke my watch. They then got scissors and cut my beard,” a visibly petrified Samad narrated the incident, breaking down into tears.

“They also threatened to kill me. They showed a video of them attacking other Muslims,” he added.

In the video of the assault that has gone viral on social media, two people can be seen manhandling the old man and beating him up with wooden sticks.

In the recent past, several incidents of clashes and violence have been reported in different parts of the country over chanting of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan.

In 2019, 49 prominent celebrities had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, expressing concern that ‘Jai Shri Ram’ had become a war cry.

“Regrettably “Jai Shri Ram” has become a provocative “war cry” today that leads to law and order problems, and many lynchings take place in its name. It is shocking that so much violence should be perpetrated in the name of religion!… The name of Ram is sacred to many in the majority community of India,” the letter had said.

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