The Hush Post: An ardent follower of Islam took part in Kanwar yatra. But what happened next? He was allegedly stopped from offering Namaz at a mosque. Not just that he was beaten as well. This prompted the police to arrest three persons.
“I had gone to Haridwar as a Kanwar and offered water at the temples. On Friday, when I went to a mosque, some people assaulted me and stopped me from offering Namaz. They even forced me to run away from there,” Babu Khan said in his complaint lodged with the police.
Khan, a resident of Racharh village of the district, alleged that after he was thrashed, his wife and children went to their relatives place fearing further persecution. When contacted, inspector Devendra Bisht said, “On the complaint lodged by Babu Khan, three persons have been arrested for disrupting peace, while another person is absconding.”
Police along with citizens of the area are making efforts to resolve the matter through dialogue. Currently, the atmosphere in the village is absolutely peaceful, Bisht added. The accuseds, however, alleged that Babu Khan was trying to enter the mosque in an inebriated condition and hence he was not allowed to enter.
Meanwhile, district president of Hindu Jagran Manch Deepak Banmauli said, “The Manch is with Babu Khan and if anyone harasses him then we will not tolerate it.” In the Hindu holy month of Shravan, Kanwariyas (devout pilgrims carrying Ganga water) offer prayers at Shiva temples.