Gautam Gambhir demands for “exemplary action” against individuals who assaulted Muslim man for wearing skull cap in Gurugram

A day after a Muslim man was assaulted by four unidentified youths for wearing a traditional skull cap, East Delhi MP-elect Gautam Gambhir said that an exemplary action is needed by the Gurugram authorities.

Gambhir termed the  incident as “deplorable” and said that India is a secular nation where renowned lyricist Javed Akhtar wrote “O Palan Haare” for the movie Lagaan and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra wrote “Arziyan” for movie Delhi-6.

A 25 year old Muslim man was assaulted in Gurugram by four unidentified men for wearing a traditional skull cap. The man Mohamad Barker Alam, in his complaint alleged that four unidentified men accosted him in a Sadar Bazar lane and objected to him for wearing a skull cap. The incident occurred when he was he was returning home after offering namaz in a mosque.

The FIR reads, “the accused threatened me, saying wearing cap was not allowed in the area. They removed my cap and slapped me while asking me to chant Bharat Mata ki Jai.”

He added that, “As I followed their instruction and chanted Bharat Mata ki Jai, they asked me to chant Jai Sri Ram which I refused. At this, the men picked up a baton from the roadside and began beating me. They hit me on my legs and back.”

The police have conducted a medical examination on Alam and registered an FIR under sections 153, 147, 149, 323 and 506.

Section 153 of the IPC pertains to causing enmity between people of different religions, sections 147 and 149 define offences of riots and unlawful assembly, sections 323 and 506 deals with offences of causing hurt and criminal intimidation.

The police are scanning the CCTV footage to identify the accused and nab them at the earliest.

Source : Various