Kanpur: Three men arrested on Thursday for assaulting Muslim man, get bail on Friday

Supporters of the accused, also staged a ‘protest’ demanding their release chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ outside the police station

Kanpur Muslim Man

The three men were arrested for assaulting Afsar Ahmad, a 45-year-old Muslim man in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. But, the three accused, who were arrested on Thursday, were then released from the police station itself, the very next day!

Reporters shared a video of a mob of men chanting ‘jai Shri Ram’ sitting on ‘protest’ the concerned police station that had arrested the accused. 

Kanpur Police Commissioner Asim Kumar Arun told media-persons that the three accused were arrested, while, according to Indian Express, the ADCP (South) Anil Kumar said the men were “taken into custody on Thursday and were released Friday”. Anil Kumar reportedly said, “There are court orders that with such bailable offence, we are not to make arrests and if we take someone into custody, then we are to release them from the police station. They were taken into custody and they underwent medical examinations and were released today from the police station.”

The 45-year-old Muslim man who was brutally assaulted and his attackers kept telling him to chant “Jai Shri Ram”, a chant now used as a war cry by Hindutva vigilante groups. The most distressing element of the footage that soon went viral on social media was that of the little girl who clung on to her father, crying and begging for his life. The chant rang out again on Thursday night, as ‘protesters’ reportedly belonging to the Bajrang Dal sat outside the DCP’s office demanding that the accused be released. 

The group chanted ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Matram’ till senior police officers “held talks with the members of the outfit,” stated news reports. The mob reportedly called their “protest” off after that. The accused were identified as Ajay Rajesh “Band waala”, Aman Gupta, and Rahul Kumar and an FIR was lodged against them and 10 unidentified people was lodged under IPC Sections 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation), stated news reports.

As analysed earlers, his attack is a glaring example of the pyramid of hate that is apparently being built at lightning speed in Uttar Pradesh, a state that is going to the polls early next year. 



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