The Gurugram Police on Tuesday, May 28, ruled out any hate crime angle in the incident where a Muslim man was allegedly attacked for wearing a traditional skull cap while he was returning home after offering prayers at a mosque in Sadar Bazaar area of the district.
“It is a criminal incident which has no religion. – Police Commissioner
Addressing a press conference in Gurugram, Commissioner of Police Muhammad Akil appealed people not to sensationalise the incident and said: “It is a criminal incident which has no religion. Also, there was no mention of slogans like ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Jai Sri Ram’. So far no fringe group has claimed the responsibility of the attack. It appears like a torture case.”
Gurugram commissioner of police Muhammad Akil. ANI
This comes in contradiction to victim Mohammad Barkat Alam’s claim. He had alleged that he was asked to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram‘ and ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai‘ by five to six men who cornered him on 25 May and hurled abuses.
He had also claimed that the men abused him saying nobody was allowed to wear a skullcap in the area and one of them slapped him.
The police commissioner said Barkat sustained minor injuries in the incident and he has been examined by the doctors.
He wasn’t asked to chant Jai Sri Ram. That’s a rumour
“We have received a CCTV footage of the incident, which shows that one removed Barkat’s cap from his head while the main culprit threw something at him. We are trying to identify men seen in the footage,” the police commissioner said.
“The two can be seen pushing each other…It wasn’t a huge scuffle…just a few slaps. It lasted for three to four minutes. No passerby interfered. He wasn’t asked to chant Jai Sri Ram. That’s a rumour. There is no communal angle to this case.”
“In the FIR, he has not mentioned anything about slogans, although he has spoken about being abused and being told he cannot wear a cap,” said the Commissioner.
The man, who can be seen in the footage, hasn’t been identified, Bokan said, adding the investigation was on.
An FIR has been registered under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. Gurugram police has formed various teams to investigate the matter.
The Gurugram case drew more ire of the public owning to the fact that it came just a few days after three Muslims, including a woman, were beaten up in Madhya Pradesh.