Muslim man tied to tree, forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in UP; 2 arrested

A viral video shot in Vair village shows three men physically assaulting Sahil.

Bulandshahr: A 23-year-old Muslim man was allegedly tied to a tree and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ while a group of men thrashed him in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district.

The man’s head was tonsured as the group of men suspected him to be thief.

Two persons have been arrested in connection with the incident, reports said quoting police.

The incident was said to have taken place under the Kakod police station limits of the district on June 13, and a video clip of the incident surfaced on social media on Saturday.

Taking note of the video, the police accepted a complaint from the man’s father and assured him of strict action against the accused.

The victim was identified as Sahil, a daily wage worker.

A video of the incident, shot by one of the three accused in the case, has gone viral and sparked a political storm.

Asaduddin Owaisi, Hyderabad MP and chief of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), shared the video and launched a sharp attack on Uttar Pradesh police.

“Look at the sympathy of police, instead of acting against the accused, they sent Sahil to jail. Where do we go with our pleas against injustice?” he said in a Hindi tweet.

Surendra Nath Tiwari, additional superintendent of police, said a video shot in Vair village shows three men thrashing Sahil, a resident of the same village, on the suspicion of theft.

“Taking cognizance of the video, and on basis of the complaint received from the family, an FIR has been registered against the accused in Kakod police station and two accused were arrested,” he said.

The accused have been identified as Gajendra, Saurabh and Dhanni, a PTI report quoted police sources as saying.

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