Harassed by police & administration, attacked Gurugram Muslim family threatens mass suicide

Harassed by police & administration, attacked Gurugram Muslim family threatens mass suicide

Gurugram: A minority family that faced brutal assault on the day of Holi in Gurugram, on Monday threatened to commit mass suicide, alleging that both district police and civil administration are favouring the attackers under political pressure.

“The matter is in public domain. Everyone knows how goons attacked us in a planned manner. But district police is still not helping us and allowing the attackers and their family members to threaten us to withdraw the FIR,” said Mohamad Akhtar, one of the victims.

“They (attackers) keep coming to our house and abuse our women and girls. If district administration and police do not help us get justice, we will commit mass suicide,” Akhtar said.

The victim family has submitted a memorandum to the Sohna Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) for a speedy trial as the case is quite clear. They have also mentioned the suicide threat in the memorandum in case justice is not delivered.

“Local police have registered an FIR against two youths of our family to put pressure on us,” Akhtar alleged.

The family has also threatened to migrate from Gurugram to Delhi.

Meanwhile, refuting the favouritism charge, Gurugram (South) DCP Himanshu Garg has said that both groups were involved in the altercation.

“We have arrested 13 persons so far and more arrests could be made. The allegation of favouritism is baseless,” Garg said.

A Muslim family was attacked on March 23, in Gurugram’s Bhup Singh Nagar under the Bhondsi Police Station on the day of Holi. As many as 35-40 goons assaulted the family members following a row over the latter playing cricket on the day of Holi on March 21. A video of the assault went viral on social media. The gruesome incident occurred at the house of Mohamad Shamshad, the victim.

According to Himanshu Garg, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), South District, the two parties had angry exchanges after a cricket ball allegedly hit one person.
“Following that a large number of drunken men attacked the house of the victim and beat the family members with batons, iron rods, water pipes and hockey sticks. They beat four persons until one of them, identified as Shahid, became unconscious. All the four have suffered head injuries,” Garg said.

As per reports, the family members were also told to go to Pakistan.

During the attack, some persons barged inside the house while others pelted stones from outside. The attackers kept thrashing victims even as the family members, including women, pleaded for mercy.

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With inputs from IANS