– Darshan Mondkar
The UP Police has given a statement that many of those who were involved in beating up the 72 year old Abdul Samad Saifi were actually Muslims. This statement has been given within 48 hours of the assault.
Till yesterday they had arrested one Pravesh Gujjar for the assault and I am guessing the rest of the names were given by him. The Police claim that this was an internal fight over some “amulet” which was sold.
They have arrested two more people, one Adil and one Kallu. They deny claims of this being a religious-hate motivated fight and they deny that slogans of “Jai Shri Raam” were shouted.
This is the same UP “Thain Thain” Police who spent ages wondering if the meat in Akhlaq’s fridge was beef or goat and decided to arrest his family. This is also the same UP Police who took their own sweet time in arresting the lynchers/murderers of Bulandshahr’s Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who are now out on bail, already.
This exceeding quick intervention from the UP Police is appreciated and all their claims are very believable. All in all, the campaigning for upcoming UP elections should be officially declared as “Open” …. More to come as we go ahead.
(Mondkar is an activist and author)