Three Muslims were beaten up by a group of people in Ranchi and were allegedly forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, reported The Hindu.
Aamir Wasim, who had lodged a complaint at the Doranda police station in Ranchi, said he and his friends, Altaf Ali and Ali Ahmed, had gone to the airport area to take photographs.
“We were riding our two-wheelers and were in kurta pajama when some people besieged us. Without any provocation, they beat us up and told us to chant Jai Shri Ram. As the crowd got bigger, we fled from the spot,” said Wasim, and added security personnel near Birsa Munda Airport rescued them.
Tabrez Ansari, a 24-year-old youth, was beaten to death by a mob in Saraikela-Kharsawan district of Jharkhand last month. According to the State Congress, as many as 18 cases of mob-lynching have taken place in Jharkhand since 2016.
On Friday, Muslims took out an ‘Akrosh’ rally to protest against attacks on the minority community in Ranchi.
Indian Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has said that the chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ has no association with Bengali culture and nowadays it is used to ‘beat up people’.