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‘Will convert you to Islam, make you keep beard’

Police had on August 2 arrested three men for forcibly chopping off Jaffruddin's beard.

Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has issued a shocking warning to the men who forcibly shaved off the beard of a Muslim man in Haryana’s Gurugram. On August 2, the Haryana Police arrested three men, including a barber, for forcibly chopping off Jaffruddin’s beard. Owaisi reacted to the incident with a conversion threat.

A Muslim man’s beard was shaved off, said Owaisi, adding that those who did it, “I am telling them and their fathers Even if you slit our throat, we will be Muslims. We will convert you to Islam and will make you keep the beard.” The three men were nabbed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code dealing with voluntarily causing hurt, outraging religious feelings, and criminal intimidation.

Muslim man’s beard was shaved off. Those who did it, I am telling them and their fathers, even if you slit our throat, we’ll be Muslims. We will convert you to Islam and will make you keep a beard.    -Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM president

The three men, who were arrested, have been identified as Bulandshahr district resident Gaurav alias Tedha, Rohtak’s Nitin and Iklas from Bareilly. Jaffruddin, a dhaba owner, had alleged that his beard was forcibly cut at a salon in Hari Nagar because he “looked like a Pakistani”. The incident took place in Gurugram’s Sector 29 when three people allegedly dragged him to a salon and forced him to shave off his beard.

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