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Was beaten up to chant Jai Shri Ram, elderly Muslim man says in viral video; Police say no such allegations in FIR
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   6/14/2021 8:54:00 PM



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Ghaziabad, Jun 14 (PTI)
In a viral video on social media, an elderly Muslim man has accused four people of beating him up and chopping his beard to force him to chant Jai shri Ram after abducting and confining him in a secluded house in Ghaziabad.

The Ghaziabad police, however, said it has already registered an FIR in the alleged incident which took place on June 5 but was reported to police two days later on June 7.

The man, who has identified himself as Abdul Samad, a native of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh, however, had not made such allegations in his complaint as in the video, said Ghaziabad SSP Amit Pathak.

The SSP also said in the case, the police have already arrested one person, named Parvesh Gujjar, who had taken an amulet from Samad who practices occultism.

After the arrest, the have police repeatedly summoned Samad to join the investigation, but he never came back to the police, the SSP said, adding he was also summoned for Monday, but he is yet to appear.

Meanwhile, showing his purported injuries in the video, Samad has said he was abducted from the Gokulpuri area when he took an auto for Loni in Ghaziabad.

The autorickshaw had already two people in it when he hired it while two more boarded it a little distance ahead, said Samad in the video, adding the four suddenly pounced upon him inside the auto, covered his head with a cloth and began beating him up.

"They eventually drove me to a secluded house in a field in Behta Hazipur village of Loni where they further beat me up while asking me to chant Jai Shri Ram.

"Every time I cried in pain and inadvertently uttered Allah they beat me up again asking me to chant Jai Shri Ram instead," said Samad.

They even shaved my beard, calling me a spy of Pakistan, he said.