New Delhi: Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) on Saturday said it should be a matter of concern that backward Gurjar communoty is being used to perpetuate violence against the Muslim community. Referring to Asif Khan’s brutal killing in Mewat, SDPI said it was pre- planned and targeted killing of promising body builder and trainer.
A delegation of SDPI under its vice president Advocate, Sharfuddin Ahamd visited the victim’s family and the area to know the circumstances that led to killing of Asif.
According to its fact finding report, Asif Khan was kidnapped in the execution of pre-meditated plan of murder by allegedly a gang of ovee a dozen people, having a past history of heinous crimes of kidnapping, extortion and violence in the area, belonging to five different villages.They were said to have mysteriously gathered at a place where Asif Khan was tracked to go back to his residence at village Khera Khalilpur from Sohna at 8 pm on 16th May, 2021 after purchasing medicines as he had been suffering with Typhoid.
He was driving a car accompanied with his immediate cousin, Rashid Khan, 23 and also Asif 25, a neighbour, coincidentally given lift in return leg of journey, was intercepted and brutally attacked by lethal weapons after leaving Sohna. The main target though was Asif Khan yet other persons found within car were also attacked. Asif alone was forcibly shifted into Scorpio car of attackers and taken into remotely forest area where he was again beaten and fatally attacked with sticks, iron rods and other arms. Multiple fractures and injuries into his fingers, arms,legs and ribs were brutally caused till death. Even his face was damaged and disfigured.The attackers were overwhelmingly busy with Asif Khan meanwhile other two persons succeeded to slip off and to escape. They informed to the family regarding the attack and the abduction of Asif Khan.The family made report to the police of the area but on the information of a passer bye,the body of Asif Khan was recovered from the spot by the Police of Sohna at about 10 pm at same night.
First Information Report was lodged naming 14 accused persons and thereafter 11 of them were arrested . BJP leaders led by MLA of the area, kunwar Sanjay Singh started communalising moves by organising a series of meetings in villages and cultivated communally vicious atmosphere in the support of the accused persons. A Mahapancayat was called on 23rd of May where the president of Karni Sena, Surajpal Singh Ammu was made the chief guest.Ammu is notorious for making hateful, castiest and violent uttrances. A number of speakers openly spread communal venom at the illegally held assembly,convened in total violation of section 144 CrPC.The videos of the the speeches made at Mahapanchyat have been widely circulated.The speakers threatened that if accused persons were not released unconditionally,the Police Station and Police Posts shall be set to fire.The administration and police were so pressurised and terrified that four accused persons instantly released from jail without any court proceedings. The Police said they were innocents.”
The report underlined that Gurjars, an intermediary caste belonging to backward section have no historic enmity against Muslims.They have been inhabitants in and around Delhi in sizeable population even during Saltanat of centuries without any major complaint and have been enjoying landed properties in and around Delhi. Gurjar caste has recently been fielded to dump all the filth of Sangh and ferocious enmity upon Muslims and conspicuously been noticed while taking a leading role during February riots of 2020 in Delhi.
Mewat where Muslims are about 85% of population, have been experiencing targeted attacks a lynching.
Gurjars were also involved in attack on Asif Khan. Like other cases every collective and targetted attack on Muslims is aftermath diverted to communal polarization by follow up programmes mostly involving the individuals and organizations to grant heroic and Hindutva tag to the sheer criminality.