Vikas Pandey, a Hindu resident in a predominantly Muslim neighbourhood, filed a grievance on October 10, in opposition to 9 recognized and a number of other unidentified Islamists. He resides in a distant village located in Gazipur, Uttar Pradesh. Vikas narrowly escaped a brutal mob assault after he raised his voice in opposition to the injustices perpetrated by native Islamists, leaving him severely injured.
On the day of the incident, Vikas’s sister, returning from a training centre, was accosted by some native males who proceeded to harass her. When Vikas chanced upon the scene, he intervened, prompting the perpetrators to flee. One of them engaged in an argument and departed, whereas villagers gathered to mediate.
Within moments, a mob of over 50 individuals descended upon Vikas’s residence, initiating a heated altercation. Some forcibly dragged him from his house and subjected him to a cruel beating. One of the assailants wielded a dagger resembling a claw, focusing on Vikas’s head. With the assistance of different relations, Vikas was in the end rescued. Also injured within the fracas was Yogendra Pandey, who sustained a fractured hand.
What says the FIR?
A First Information Report (quantity–167/2023) was registered on this case on the Dildarnagar police station on October 10, by Vikas Pandey.
In his grievance to the police he knowledgeable how his sister was returning from the teaching and close to Maveer temple Bhadaura began harassing her and when he noticed them, the accused males left in a car. He lives in Mahna Kala village and following this encounter the accused males recognized as Aizaz Khan, Shamshad Khan, Kashid Khan, Sajid Khan, Ashif, Aftab, Fekan, Raja and others brutally lynched him and his knees Yogenrda. While leaving the home, they issued demise threats as nicely.
Police nabbed 4 accused
Organiser referred to as up Station House Officer Mahesh Pal Singh on October 12. He knowledgeable us that 4 of the accused individuals named within the FIR have been arrested and the groups are monitoring the opposite culprits.
Based on his grievance, the accused have been booked below IPC sections 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily inflicting damage), 325 (punishment for voluntarily inflicting damage), 352 (assault), 354 (assault utilizing legal power to a lady), 452 (home trespass), 504 (deliberately insulting), and 506 (legal intimidation).
Vikas shared his ordeal with Organiser
Organiser additionally referred to as Vikas on October 12, when he was discharged from the hospital in Gazipur and returned to his village. Vikas disclosed that he had sustained round 18 wounds on his head, inflicted by attackers wielding a claw-like dagger. He recounted how he had intervened when he witnessed males harassing his sister, solely to seek out himself focused and falsely accused.
Vikas, a farmer residing within the village, is at the moment overseeing the development of a temple on Hindu land, amidst a predominantly Muslim populace. He defined that the demographic make-up of the world is skewed, with over 1500 Muslim voters and a mere 200 Hindus.
He narrated, “Madam, when I caught them harassing my sister, I confronted one of them. Then, the locals intervened, averting an immediate altercation. I warned him that I would inform his father about the incident.”
Samajwadi Party connection
Before he may do something, the antagonists, accompanied by the village head, Shamshad, arrived at Vikas’s residence, sparking a dispute. Vikas unexpectedly returned house on his bike, however the disagreement swiftly escalated right into a bodily altercation. The Islamists quickly dragged him from his home and subjected him to a brutal beating. Yogendra tried to intervene, however he too was overpowered by the assailants.
Vikas revealed that the assault was not solely a response to his sister’s harassment and his actions. He said that he had filed an RTI (Right to Information plea) in 2018, looking for details about fund allocation and initiatives below the earlier village head, Shamshad. This RTI may probably have uncovered an embezzlement of Rs 80 lakh by them. Currently, his daughter-in-law holds the place of village head.
Vikas additionally alleged that Shamshad, linked to MLA and Samajwadi Party chief Om Prakash Singh, enjoys impunity for his actions. Despite having a POCSO case in opposition to him, Shamshad stays at massive, in keeping with Vikas.
Hindus stay in terror
He emphasised that this incident shouldn’t be remoted, and Hindu people have been subjected to related assaults whereas attempting to guard their sisters and daughters. In 2020, these similar Islamists killed Dhananjay Yadav in an identical method as they attacked Vikas. Just two months prior, they focused Dhananjay Kushwaha in a comparable vogue, who misplaced his life.
A couple of months again, tensions grew within the village over the allocation of land to Islamists for a graveyard. Shamshad was embroiled in an altercation that concerned gunfire, leading to accidents to eight people.
Regarding the mistreatment of Hindus within the village, Vikas lamented that for the previous two years, they’ve been unable to have fun Holi correctly resulting from interference by Muslims who obstructed the DJ. Police intervention was required every time to forestall clashes. The Shiv Mandir was pelted with stones for 2 consecutive months till police intervention was sought within the locality.
He concluded, “How could I have stood by while he harassed my sister, ma’am? That’s why I confronted him. If they will do this again, I will beat him up, no matter if aI lose my life”.