3 Hindutva goons held for assaulting Muslim man in UP, get bail

Lucknow, August 13 (KMS): A local court in Uttar Pradesh granted bail to three Hindutva goons a day after they were arrested for assaulting a Muslim man and forcing him to chant Hindu slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

The three goons, belonging to Hindu rightwing outfit Bajrang Dal, had paraded a 45-year-old man Afsar Ahmad in UP’s Kanpur town through a street; assaulting him and making him chant “Jai Shri Ram” slogans on Wednesday. The man was eventually handed over to the police.

Videos of the assault, which also shows Afsar’s five-year-old daughter pleading with the men to let her father go, had gone viral on social media.

In one of the videos, some men wearing saffron scarves are seen assaulting Ahmad, an e-rickshaw driver, accusing him of raising anti-India slogans. Ahmad is seen pleading repeatedly that he did not raise any such slogan, while his daughter tries to free him. Police had rescued Ahmad and taken him and his daughter to a police station.

The three goons were identified as Ajay Rajesh “Band waala”, Aman Gupta, and Rahul Kumar. An FIR against them along with 10 unidentified people was lodged under various sections of Indian Penal Code.

Bajrang Dal members had held a protest late Thursday night outside the local DCP’s office demanding their release. During the protest, slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Matram’ were also raised by them. Senior police officers held talks with the members of the Hindu extremist outfit, following which the protest was called off. KMS—20M