Eid al-Adha or Bkrid, a festival of people who follow Islam which is a symbol of sacrifice marked by peace. On a day like this in outer Delhi’s Kanjhawala area four unknown people assaulted Mohammad Khalid, a 25-year-old teacher at the Jamia Rehmania Tajuridul Quran in Aman Vihar, Abdus Salam, his 16-year-old student, and Ali Hassan, a 35-year-old tempo driver, who were on the way to dump remains of animals that were sacrificed on the eve of Bakrid.
It was later discovered that the assailants were self proclaimed Gau-Rakshaks. After the attack all the four namely Naveen, Raju and Devesh and Abhishek were arrested. The attackers belonged to the Rani Khera and Rasoolpur area both of which are near the spot of the assault.
The attack took place about 4 km from the madrasa in Block Z of Aman Vihar. The victims who are admitted in a private hospital are in a crtical but stable condition. Police have registered a case under section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code at the Kanjhawala station.
“Four people have been arrested in the matter. They belong to Rani Khera and Rasoolpur, both villages located near the attack spot,” said Vikramjit Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Outer Delhi.
Singh said police were verifying whether those arrested — Naveen, Raju and Devesh from Rani Khera, and Abhishek from Rasoolpur — belonged to any gau raksha group.
The madrasa’s general secretary Qari Mohammad Lukman, informed police about the attack, said that the unidentified assailants were travelling in two vehicles, intercepted the three at Mundka Road near Rani Khera before chasing and stopping them.
“The attackers in the car were carrying rods and sticks. The three was pulled out of the van and were beaten by them,” he said. Lukman said he was alerted by the student Salam who “somehow managed to run away from the spot because he was not wearing a skull cap and did not have a beard”.
Lukman said that he suspected the role of some people living near the madrasa who had earlier tried to disrupt its activities. “I have given their names to police,” he said.
Now, the question that arises here is that, these minor incidents cannot be treated in isolation as drop by drop of water constitutes an ocean. In this the India that we are looking at in the 21st century? Incidents like this and the public beating of dalit youth in Una (Gujarat) are all being recorded by the public in general.