Muslim man asked about “origin”, beaten up in Ahmedabad

The labourer said he was drinking tea when two men suddenly came up and began interrogating him

Muslim man

In yet another example of “othering” and alienation of Muslim minorities in Gujarat, a Muslim labourer from Chanakyapuri, Ahmedabad was allegedly beaten up by four men for failing to satisfactorily answer their questions about his origin. The Times of India reported that the man was identified as  23-year-old Arafat Shaikh, a daily wage labourer, who has been living in the city with his wife for the last eight months.

According to Sola police, Shaikh said the incident took place on January 11 when he was having tea at the Chanakyapuri vegetable market at 2.30 PM. “Two men asked me where I had come from. I asked them why they were asking me that. They then began abusing me,” Shaikh reportedly in the FIR.

He alleged that the men continued to become more aggressive and called for more people at the spot. Shortly, two more men arrived on a motorcycle with sticks. Shaikh told the police that the four men beat him with the sticks.



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