The Uttar Pradesh police has arrested two more accused for allegedly attacking a Muslim man in Ghaziabad after viral videos claimed the elderly man’s beard was chopped off and he was forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Vande Mataram”. Police have, however, ruled out the communal angle, saying the accused — both Hindus and Muslims — attacked the man after a dispute over amulets.
The two arrested on Thursday were identified as Intezaar and Saddam alias Bauna. With this, the total number of arrests in the case has gone up to five.
Meanwhile, Ghaziabad Police booked a local Samajwadi Party leader, Ummed Pahalwan Idrisi, who appeared in a Facebook Live video alongside the elderly man who was allegedly assaulted. Idrisi is accused of “spreading enmity” on social media.
The viral video created ripples across the country, with several factions condemning the alleged communal attack. The man had publicly alleged that the attackers offered him an auto ride, took him to an isolated spot, brutally beat him up, and forced him to chant Jai Shri Ram.