Aurangabad (Maharashtra), July 22— Imran Ismail Patel might have met the fate of Tabrez Ansari if a noble Hindu couple had not come out and rescued him in time from a group of 10 people.
Patel, 28, was reportedly waylaid, beaten and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ by a group of 10 people in the Aurangabad city a little after midnight on Friday.
According to a report in The Times of India, Ismail Patel, a waiter by profession, was going home on his motorcycle when the group of men, also on motorbikes, waylaid him and asked him questions before assaulting and forcing him to chant the slogan. Hearing Patel’s cries for help, the Hindu couple rushed out of their house and pleaded with the attackers not to assault him. They also retrieved the keys of Patel’s motorcycle from the gang and ensure that he went home safely.
Ismail Patel later approached the local police and a complaint was lodged under section 153 (A) of the Indian Penal Code for spreading communal hatred and for unlawful assembly and rioting.
Soon after the Lok Sabha elections results, there has been a surge in incidents of mob violence – and in many cases, victims have been asked to chant Jai Shri Ram. Last month, Tabrez Ansari, 22, was mercilessly beaten by a mob on theft suspicion in Jharkhand’s Saraikela-Kharaswan district. He died in judicial custody four days later for want of medical care.