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March 24, 2019

Muslim family beaten up, told to go to Pakistan

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March 24, 2019

GURUGRAM: A group of unidentified men assaulted a Muslim family in their home in Gurugram’s Bhondsi area for playing cricket, the Times of India reported.

The incident occurred on Thursday when some of the boys were playing cricket outside their home.

While they were playing, 35 to 40 goons appeared on the scene and asked them to “go to Pakistan and play”. They also threatened them to vacate their home.

In a video that has since gone viral on the social media, the attackers could be seen beating three to four men and an elderly woman. The elderly woman could be seen pleading for help in the video.

According to the FIR, the incident took place around 5 pm at the home of Mohammad Sajid, who hails from Uttar Pradesh and has been living there for the last three years with his wife Sameena and six children.

In the complaint, Sajid’s nephew Dilshaad, who was among those beaten up, said the trouble started when he was playing cricket with some others in a vacant plot near the house.

“Two unknown men came on a bike and said, ‘What are you doing here? Go to Pakistan and play’. They began fighting and when my uncle Sajid intervened, the boy sitting at the back of the bike slapped him and said, ‘You wait, we will show you’,” he alleged in the police complaint, adding that 10 minutes later, they saw six boys on two bikes and several men on foot approaching their home, armed with “bhalas” (spears), “lathis” (sticks) and “talwars” (swords).

“On seeing them, we ran into the house, and they all began demanding that the men come out or they will kill us. When we did not go out, they forced their way into the house and started beating us up,” he added.

Moreover, Dilshaad alleged the accused warned the family to “vacate the house and leave or else we will capture it”.

Sajid’s wife said the accused fled with valuables and cash and damaged cars and windows.

Police said a case has been registered under IPC Sections 148 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 452 (house trespass), and 506 (criminal intimidation).

Six people have been arrested, according to News18. “We have registered a case of attempt to murder and other relevant sections against the attackers at Bhondsi police station,” Assistant Commissioner of Police Shamsher Singh said, adding that they would arrest the others based on the video footage that a family member recorded.

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