A 72-year-old man, Abdul Samad Saifi, was allegedly attacked by at least two people and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Ghaziabad’s Loni.
Police said a video of the incident, which took place on June 5, was uploaded on social media a few days ago and it shows a man hitting Saifi and trying to cut off his beard as the victim tries to evade the blows. One of the accused has been identified as Ghaziabad resident Pravesh Gujjar, who has been arrested.
Saifi, a resident of Bulandshahr, was travelling to Loni at the time. He has alleged he was targeted because of his religion.
Dr Iraj Raja, SP Rural, Ghaziabad, said: “It was brought to our notice that a video had been circulated in which an . An FIR in connection with the incident had already been filed and one main accused has been arrested. We are questioning local residents and other steps will be taken. The elderly man has been called to the station and his detailed statement will be recorded. The exact sequence of events is being ascertained.”
“We are in touch with the victim and all possible measures will be taken. The FIR has been filed for assault and intimidation as the complaint does not mention chanting of any religious slogans. We are also trying to ascertain the immediate cause of provocation that led to the incident,” added the SP.