Muslim men kidnap Hindu girl, lynch her father to death
A minor daughter of a 55-year-old man was reportedly abducted in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad. When he approached the police, no action was taken against suspects. Instead, the accused entered his house and beat him to death. This disturbing series of events should make all sane minds furious, but sadly this case hasn't gotten the attention it deserves. When did everyone become so cold?
On June 19, an erratic Muslim mob killed Gangaram Singh Chauhan in Aliyabad village. But the family's problems began way before the actual lynching incident. About two months ago, Gangaram's 13-year-old daughter went missing. She was abducted by their neighbor 25-year-old Mohammad Danish, who took her to Rajasthan. Out of fear, the family chose to not file a formal police complaint, reports Swarajya.
Apart from Gangaram's family, there is only one Hindu family living in Aliyabad. Since the village head is also a Muslim named Abdul Rehman, Gangaram's family thought they wouldn't be heard. So, the family went to neighboring Peepli Umarpur village to complain about the girl's abduction. The girl returned home a few days later, only to go missing again on June 18.
This time around, the family filed a police complaint and named Danish as a suspect. But the authorities didn't take any action. Meanwhile, when Danish's family came to know about the complaint, they barged into Gangaram's house and lynched him to death. Gangaram's wife Savita, their 18-year-old son Deepak, and two younger children watched helplessly. Apparently, two women were also part of the mob.
Recalling the incident, Savita told the daily that six men and two women entered their house. Gangaram was lying on a cot at the time. "They punched hard on his chest, lifted him up and banged him on the floor several times. The attackers stopped only when he became unconscious. It looked like he died on the spot," Savita added.
According to Deepak, the attackers kept saying, "You live among us and yet dare to stand up against us? Leave our area, you Hindus." Danish's father Safayat Nabi allegedly said he would "keep" Gangaram's daughter and the latter won't be able to do anything.
As soon as he heard about the incident, Gangaram's brother Harswaroop rushed to the village and took him to a local hospital. Gangaram was referred to Cosmos hospital, where he was declared brought dead. His death sparked protests in the area. Subsequently, police arrested six men, including Danish, his two brothers Mohsin, Chhotu, and their father Safayat Nabi. Danish's cousins Akram and Irrfan were also arrested.
One of the two women who entered Gangaram's house was Ameena, Danish's mother. Savita said Ameena cut her own hand and rushed to the police to claim Gangaram's family "attacked" her. Vijendra Singh Rathi of Dilari police station confirmed this story. He said a woman came with a complaint but fled after seeing Gangaram's family. None of the women were mentioned in FIR.
Had the police shown a little urgency, Gangaram might have not met this fate. Slammed over laxity, SSP Moradabad Amit Pathak suspended SHO Dilari police station, Deepak Kumar. Kumar didn't show urgency to solve the case and even after the family's pleas, sat on the kidnapping complaint on June 19. Despite being aware that it's a "Hindu-Muslim" issue, he didn't deploy enough forces.
Meanwhile, Gangaram's daughter was found on June 21, two days after her father died. She had eloped with Danish's cousin Nadeem, to ensure he stays out of suspicion (the plan was devised by Danish). But now, she wants strictest punishment for the accused. A case for kidnapping and inducing a woman to compel her into marriage was registered against Danish and three others.
An FIR was registered under IPC Sections 302 (murder), 147 (rioting) and 452 (house-trespass). Gangaram's family is now scared and has shifted with Harswaroop's family in Peepli Umarpur village. Though the house is small, Gangaram's family has support from the community. They also plan on selling the Aliyabad house. Harswaroop said no Hindu will buy the house, and Muslims buyers might give peanuts.