Modi’s Birthday : Muslim boy beaten to death and Dalit Leader Jignesh Mewani arrested

Locals protest the battering of Mohammed Ayyub in Ahmedabad.

AHMEDABAD : Another case of communal violence against Muslims is evident in the recent incident where the Gujarat Police tried to forcibly hand over the body of Mohd Ayyub, who was allegedly battered to death by cow vigilantes on September 13 and succumbed to his injuries on September 16.

The police brought the body of Ayyub from VS Hospital in an ambulance after his relatives refused to accept it demanding an action against the cow vigilantes first, who attacked Ayyub.

Jan Sangharsh Manch duly supported the relatives with which top Dalit rights leader Jignesh Mevani has been associated.

Also earlier, Mohd Arif, the victim’s younger, brother along with many others were detained by the Gujarat Police at VS Hospital when they protested against the pressure that the police casted on them when they refused to take away the victim’s body. The victim’s mother threatened to set herself ablaze, if her younger son Arif was not set free.

Police van taking away Jan Sangharsh Manch activists
Human rights activist Pratik Sinha and Pravin Mishra, a professor at a media institute in Ahmedabad, were present at the VS Hospital in support of the family, where they were met with lathi charge, and Shamshad Pathan, lawyer and activist with the Jan Sangharsh Manch, and his colleague Asim Shaikh, were detained.
As Pathan addressed a crowd which had gathered at the Hospital in support of the family’s demand made for the arrest of the culprits ,the situation was strained in Vatva area of Ahmedabad, where local residents, mostly Muslims protested against the heinous action of the cow vigilantes.

Jignesh Mevani arrested

“I am technically released but still under house arrest, kind of surveillance, as a team of Ahmadabad crime branch is constantly with me.” said Jignesh Mevani, who was detained by the Gujarat police after he returned from Delhi on September 16 from the airport and released early on September 17.

The two were travelling towards Ahmedabad with two calves when vigilantes chased them, rammed into their car near Honest T-junction near Karnavati club in Ahmedabad, pulled them out of the car, and beat them up with rods and sticks.
Ayyub died at 5 p.m. on September 16. The police registered two FIRs, the first against Sameer Sheikh and Mohd Ayyub under Cow Protection Act and the other against cow vigilantes under Section 307, i.e. attempt to murder.
As PM Modi celebrates his birthday today, Muslims in Gujarat continue to fear their lives due to their belonging to a religion that is considered “Anti-Indian”.

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