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India: Muslim family attacked in their home by Hindu mob

24th Mar 2019
India: Muslim family attacked in their home by Hindu mob

By Ahmad Adil

 

CHANDIGARH, India (AA): With a Hindu mob telling them to “go to Pakistan,” a Muslim family was beaten with hockey sticks and iron rods in their house in northern India, officials and local media reported Saturday.

“An 11-member family was injured after an argument over playing cricket escalated into a brawl in a village beneath Bhondsi on Thursday evening,” reported the local Hindustan Times.

The family included several women and children, and one 2-year-old was injured, reported local broadcaster NDTV, adding that the mob numbered 25-30 people.

Officials said the attack took place in Dhamaspur village, Gurugram, in the northern state of Haryana, when many were celebrating the Hindu festival of Holi.

Local police have registered a case and made arrests.

The police said they have arrested one person, identified as Mahesh, a resident of a nearby village, after examining a video of the incident.

“A few others have also been identified, but arrests are yet to be made. We are working on the case,” said Gurugram Police Public Relations Officer Subhash Boken.

Subhash Boken, a spokesman for the Gurugram Police, told Anadolu Agency: “Initially there was a brawl. At first there were few attackers and then they called more people after the brawl escalated.

“They entered the house of the Muslim family and attacked them.

“A case has been registered and an investigation is going on.”

Local media reported that the victims were told to “go to Pakistan.”

“The incident took place at the house of Mohammad Sajid, who hails from Uttar Pradesh,” reported the Deccan Herald. A report on the case stated that Sajid’s nephew said the incident began when two men came to them on a bike and said: “What are you doing here? Go to Pakistan and play.”

Recalling the incident, 55-year-old Afifa, said that “a lot of men” entered the house and started beating up her family members. She held her two-year-old cousin Zia and hid inside an almirah, reported The Hindu newspaper.

“But they opened the almirah, took Zia from my hands and threw her on the bed,” she claimed. Three-year-old Zaki hid under the bed on the ground floor of the three-storey house, the family said.

Of the 12 family members who sustained injuries, four were women and three of them minors.

The report added that the family alleged that assault was planned by a group backed by a right-wing Hindu supremacist group.

Additional report by The Muslim News

[Map of India by US State Dept/Public Domain]

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