GURUGRAM (HARYANA): Fuelling the concern triggered by the mob lynching of a 28-year-old Muslim man named Rakbar Khan in Rajasthan's Alwar district on suspicion of cow smuggling, a Muslim youth was allegedly forced to shave his beard and thrashed following an altercation in Gurugram.
According to reports, a group of people started hurling religious abuses on Jaffruddin, a resident of Haryana's Mewat, when he came to Khandsa Mandi area to meet a friend. The victim initially ignored the insults, but later got into an argument.
The accused then started thrashing Jaffruddin. They took him to a salon and chopped his beard off," Gurgaon Police public relations officer Subhash Bokan told PTI. They also threatened to kill Jaffruddin if he approached the police. However, the next morning, Jaffruddin went to Sector 37 police station and filed a first information report.
Three persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. They have been identified as Gaurav, Eklash from Uttar Pradesh and Nitin from Haryana. The arrested included the barber.
ANI quoted Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Gurugram (Crime) Sumit Kuhar as saying that this was an isolated incident and no organization was involved in it.
The incident has come at a time when many political parties are cornering the Centre over rampant incidents of mob lynching, alleging that atrocities against the Muslim community are on a rise across the country.