Muslim cab driver assaulted in Thane, forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’

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A mob in Maharashtra’s Thane thrashed a 25-year-old Muslim cab driver before forcing him to chant Jai Shri Ram. Faisal Usman Khan, who is a driver of a cab aggregator company, was reportedly on his way to Mumbai after he picked up passengers from the Manav Kalyan Hospital in Diva area of Thane.

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“I switched on the parking lights and was trying to restart the car when three men on a scooter came from behind and started banging the windows,” Khan recounted. “They were reeking of alcohol and wanted to know why I had stopped my vehicle in the middle of the road,” Khan was quoted by Indian Express.

The mob allegedly snatched his car keys and dragged him out of his car. The mob also dragged one of the passengers out and started hurling abuses at them. “… the men also started abusing me for my religion and said that if I chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ loudly, they will let me go,” Khan said.

Police have arrested three people in connection with the latest episode of hate crime. All three are believed to be the residents of Agasan village in Diva. They have been remanded in police custody. A case under IPC sections 295 (hurting religious sentiments) and 392 (robbery) was registered by Mumbai police, said Deputy Commissioner of Police S S Burse, reported news agency PTI.

This comes just days after a 24-year-old Muslim man, Tabrez Ansari, was lynched to death by a Hindu mob in Jharkhand. Ansari, who had returned to his village to celebrate Eid and get married, was also forced to chant Jai Shri Ram. He later succumbed to his injuries four days later.

Last week, a madrasa teacher in Kolkata was pushed off a moving train after he refused to chant Jai Shri Ram. 

The hijacking of a religious Hindu slogan to kill innocent Muslims has left many Hindus incensed. They had trended a hashtag #NoToJaiShriRam on Twitter earlier this week.

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