Hours after a case was filed in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad against Twitter and eight others, including journalists and Congress leaders, over posts linked to an elderly Muslim man’s assault that allegedly provoked communal sentiments, a new twist has emerged in the controversy. The family of Abdul Samad, the elderly man who was attacked, has denied the police’s claims that he sells amulets.
Twitter has been accused of taking no action against the posts
He was attacked by six men – Hindus and Muslims – and he knew them, police said. Journalists Rana Ayyub, Saba Naqvi, and Congress leaders Salman Nizami, Shama Mohamed and Maskoor Usmani are among those who have been accused of sharing misleading posts – linked to the incident – that were re-tweeted by thousands of people, according to the FIR filed against them. Twitter has been accused of taking no action against the posts.
Abdul got the beard cut, he would get fresh air in there
The victim Abdul’s son, however, has refuted the police’s claims. “The police is wrong in saying that my father used to sell “tabeez” (amulets). No one in our family does this business. We are carpenters. The police are not saying the right thing. Let them investigate and prove it,” he told NDTV.
He further added, “The police were not willing to take the case initially. They offered Rs 2,000 to me and asked to go back as the incident was normal. One police man even said that it was better that Abdul got the beard cut, he would get fresh air in there.”
Three people have been arrested so far-Police
Three people have been arrested so far in the assault case. “When we investigated this case, we found that Abdul came on June 5 from Loni border area. From there, Abdul Samad, who makes amulets and sells them, went to Hazipur village. He already knew the accused. The men, who were upset with him over the amulets, had called him,” Ghaziabad police officer Iraj Raja is heard saying in an official video statement.