3 Muslim clerics assaulted on train in Uttar Pradesh for covering heads with ‘Rumal’

Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh: Three Muslim clerics were assaulted on a moving train by six or seven unknown assailants and thrown off a moving train in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh last night. The clerics who were returning from Delhi have suffered severe injuries and are undergoing treatment at the district hospital.

The three, who teach at a madrasa hailing from Aheda village in Baghpat were preparing to get off at their destination after a visit to the Markazi Masjid in Delhi, when they were attacked with rods and thrown off the train near Aheda Railway Station.

“We were sitting on the upper berths and were about to reach our station. When we tried to get down, the people sitting on lower berths locked the doors and windows. When we asked them why they were locking the windows, they said “you will soon get to know” and started beating us,” said Israr, one of the three clerics.


He added, “The only issue they had with us was the Rumal (keffiyeh or scarf worn by Muslim men) covering our head. They kept asking us why we had our head covered with a Rumal.”

A senior police officer, Jai Prakash said, “The incident happened inside a train and a case has been registered as victims came to us, we have also alerted the GRP to search and arrest the culprits as soon as possible. Checking has also been ordered to catch hold of the victims.”

In June, 16-year-old Junaid Khan was killed and his brothers were injured in an assault on train near Delhi by mob of 20 for allegedly carrying beef and called them anti-national. The police had said that the dispute started over seats, and the man who argued with Junaid came back to the train with a mob from his village.