Muslim man lynched in UP’s Sultanpur, viral visuals reveal crime

New Delhi, June 26 (KMS): An elderly Muslim man was lynched in Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. The incident took place in the Civil Lines area of the district on Wednesday, but it came to light only after visuals of the incident went viral on social media the following day.

The victim was tied to a tree and thrashed. He was identified as Khurshid Ahmad, 55, a resident of Gharhakhurd village in the Kotwali area.

Anwar, Khurshid’s younger brother, told media that on Friday he met police officials to get the case of “lynching” registered, but the police inspector told him to modify his complaint to name “only one person Himanshu Pandey”. Anwar believes several people were involved in the killing of his brother, not just one person.

The police told Anwar that CCTV footage connected to the incident will be available in two days.

“The police are saying the assault was due to a dispute. This is not possible, he did not have disputes with anyone. He was on good terms with everyone in the neighbourhood.” he added.

The Superintendent of Police, Vipin Mishra told South Asian Wire that Ahmad was injured after some persons thrashed and wounded him critically. He identified the accused as Himanshu Pandey. He said that police had launched a manhunt to nab him.

According to his family, Khurshid is mentally challenged, he was unmarried and did not have a job. “He would visit hospitals and recite the Azaan to newborns and make dua for them. He would pray regularly,” his brother Anwar said.

Khurshid went missing on Tuesday. On Wednesday, his family found out he was killed. A local newspaper reported that after he was found in a critical state, he was rushed to the District Hospital of the area. However, he succumbed to his injuries and passed away on Wednesday.

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