Loni assault case is getting complicated with every passing day. More videos (with audio now) of the incident are doing rounds on the internet. The video that was released earlier and triggered outrage, was muted.
In the new videos, the assailants can be heard talking about ‘deception’ and ‘occult practices’. They were questioning him and were also searching a bag containing items of ‘Jadu Tona’.
Besides that, a handwritten complaint dated June 6 signed by the victim Abdul Samad Saifi has also surfaced now. However, police have denied receiving any complaint on June 6.
This is complaint copy written by Abdul Samad Saifi.
In this compliant Abdul Samad had alleged that he was subjected to communal taunts and threats.
Jai Sri Ram also mentioned in this copy.
— Md Asif Khan (@imMAK02) June 16, 2021
Victim’s Family Challenged Ghaziabad Police ‘No Communal Angle’ Claims
On Thursday, the family of the victim, 72-year-old Abdul Samad Saifi has denied Ghaziabad police claims that there is no communal angle. They have shared a copy of the complaint that the victim had written on June 6, 2021.
Coming out with one more allegation, the complaint also alleged that he was also asked to drink their urine when Saifi asked for water. In a muted video, a group of men can be seen brutally assaulting an elderly man and chopping off his beard.
Following a late night FIR against Twitter, Opposition leaders and several journalists, The Wire visited the residence of Abdul Samad, a 72-year-old man, who had alleged that he had been assaulted on June 5.
— The Wire (@thewire_in) June 16, 2021
They alleged that the police is making a false case and weaving a fake narrative. The victim’s son, Babbu has also alleged that the police have ignored the major details of the complaint and are framing Muslim youths to give this matter a different narrative. They also turned down the claims about the amulet business.
“The entire police narrative is concocted. We have nothing to do with magic or ‘taweez’. We are Saifis and have been working as carpenters for generations. The police statement that Muslims were involved in the assault is false too. Beard is a Muslim identity and no Muslim will cut it off forcibly,” said Babbu Saifi.
FIR against Twitter, Journalists, and Congress Leaders
Ghaziabad police on Wednesday registered an FIR against Twitter INC, Twitter Communications India PVT, AltNews journalist Mohammad Zubair, journalist Rana Ayub, media organisation The Wire, Congress’s Salman Nizami, Maskoor Usmani and Shama Mohamed, and writer Saba Naqvi for allegedly spreading fake news and communal hatred.
Ghaziabad police stated that it was an interpersonal matter and there is no communal angle. The police submitted that the majority of assailants are Muslims. They have bought amulets from Saifi which started affecting their lives negatively.
FIR against Samajwadi Party leader Ummed Pahalwan Idrisi
Ghaziabad police has also registered an FIR against SP leader Ummed Pahalwan Idrisi accusing him of spreading communal hatred. He had appeared in a Facebook live with Abdul Samad Saifi.
He has been booked under Section 153A (promoting enmity), Section 295A (outraging religious feelings), Section 504 (insult), Section 505 (intent to incite), and Section 67 (transmitting obscene material online) of Indian Penal Code.
FIR against Swara Bhasker
Advocate Amit Aharya has filed a complaint against Swara Bhasker, Twitter MD Manish Maheshwari, journalist Arfa Khanum Sherwani, and others accusing them of hampering peace by tweeting in connection to the elderly man assault case.
RW & Sanghis vomiting on my timeline ‘coz Ghaziabad police named 3 Muslims. Jackasses the prime accused is literally a Pravesh Gujjar. The man is on camera forcing the old man to chant #JaiShriRam
Yes it is a desecration of my God and my religion and I’m ashamed.. as shud you be
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) June 15, 2021
BJP MLA Filed Complaint against Rahul Gandhi, Asaduddin Owaisi, and Others
BJP MLA Nand Kishor Gurjar has also filed a complaint against Swara Bhasker, Asasuddin Owaisi, Rahul Gandhi, and others for trying to instigate riots in his constituency. He has sought a strict action against them under the National Security Act (NSA).
Twitter has lost the intermediary status and safe harbour immunity in India under Section 79 of Information Technology Act 2000 over non-compliance to the new IT rules. The platform will now be open to any kind of legal action over unlawful posts.