“You don’t deserve to live in India, you can’t live here,” these caustic words were used against four Tablighi Jamaat members by the attackers.
In the shocking incident, four Tablighi Jamaat members were allegedly beaten up by local village attackers. The incident took place in Beed district in Maharashtra on 16th September night.
One of these Tablighi Jamaat members, Suhail Tamboli (34) said, “They certainly intended to kill us that night. They also pulled our beards and threw our caps.”
According to the Two Circles report, all Tablighi members named Aslam Ather, Sayyed Layak, Nizamuddin Qazi and Suhail Tamboli were travelling to Ambajogai village from Dharur for their friend’s funeral. Unfortunately, the car developed a glitch and they had to halt.
Suhail Tamboli and Sayyed Layak went to get water for coolant and parked the car.
Meanwhile, two people on a bike rushed to the spot where their car was parked and started verbally abusing Aslam and Nizamuddin for no reason, and according to them, “attackers used nasty language against our community.”
Members of the Jamaat politely tried to deal with the situation, but within minutes, the attackers made a call and six more people were armed with sticks and rushed to the spot. The attackers were wearing skull caps and kurtas.
According to the report, the incident took place at about quarter past ten and lasted for the next forty minutes. Police arrived at the scene of the incident an hour later.
“One of them hit my head twice with a brick and kept hitting me with a stick. I thought I was going to die that night.” Suhail said.
“When they started hitting me with punches and sticks, I ran away and saw them brutally hitting others.” He said, “I was very scared,” Aslam, 24, said.
“It felt like we had been their enemies for a long time. We were oblivious to why they are constantly hitting us. They were not ready to listen to us. Before we could speak anything they started hitting us with bricks,” Syyed Layak, 38, said.
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They also pulled our beards and threw our caps
They certainly intended to kill us that night,” said the 34-year-old Suhail Tamboli #TablighiJamaat Member#Islamophobia_in_India pic.twitter.com/iI9DsLRaoW
Sayyed and Aslam successfully escape from the site and hide in a nearby farm. “We ran into the field but we were watching. We could not save them, all of us would have been killed then,” Sayyed said.
“As long as we kept falling on the ground, they kept hitting us, and kicking our chest and head. I fainted after that,” Suhail said.
The attackers damaged the car after beating them and left. “We heard them from others saying that ‘they are dead’ and left,” Aslam said.
Aslam and Sayyed call in their village and inform them about the incident after which Suhail and Nizamuddin were taken to Ambajogai Government Hospital.
However, on September 17, an FIR was registered at Yusuf Wadgaon police station under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (punishment for voluntarily injuring), 324 (voluntary assault with a weapon), 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (Punishment for rioting and being armed with a deadly weapon), 149 (Individual of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 405 (criminal breach of trust) and 527 (life imprisonment) of IPC.
According to API Anand Zote of Yusuf Wadgaon Police Station, two attackers named Narayan Dhanraj Ghuge and Rahul Tukaram Ghuge are arrested presently.