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Gurugram: Three arrested for forcefully shaving off Muslim man’s beard

The accused also called the man Pakistani, and held him hostage in a market area.

Gurugram: On Thursday, police arrested three men for allegedly assaulting a 22-year-old Muslim man, keeping him hostage and shaving off his beard in Khandsa earlier in the week. The accused also allegedly called the complainant “Pakistani”, and a video of the incident was also circulated on the social media, said the police.

Jafruddin, who runs a small dhaba in Sector 29 near IFFCO Chowk, Gurugram suffered minor injuries during the incident, reports Hindustan Times. He said that he was forced to cut his beard and was called a Pakistani on Tuesday when he went to buy vegetables from the nearby Khandsa Mandi. He was accompanied by his cook, Ibrahim.

The two men, who hail from Badali village in Nuh district, around 81 km from Gurugram, visited the market daily, but were targeted for the first time, Ibrahim said.

“I wanted to get my hair cut. So, we went to a roadside salon near the mandi. Two people were already inside the shop and were getting their beards and hair cut. One of the miscreants, after getting his shave asked me to cut my beard. When I refused saying that it was a religious practice, they started abusing me. They held both my hands and forced the barber to shave off my beard. Though the barber initially refused, they threatened him and assaulted me multiple times,” Jafruddin told HT.

They tried to escape, but the two accused held them hostage. “The barber and I got scared after one of the miscreants took out a knife and said that he will shave off my beard himself. The barber requested him to put the knife away and said he would comply,” the victim told the daily.

Jafrudden also recounted how he was frightened since the two men threatened to kill him if he was seen in the area. He then left for his village, and told his family about the incident. Discussing the matter with the village panchayat he called the Gurugram police and lodged a complaint with the police late on Wednesday night.

A case was then registered at Sector 37 police station under sections 295A (hurting religious sentiment), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 34 (common intention)and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code on Thursday.

Sumit Kuhar, deputy commissioner police (DCP) crime said, “We also received a video of the incident. We formed teams and identified the miscreants within two hours. The team of Sector 37 police arrested the accused from Khandsa.”

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