Mosque van­dalised, ‘muezzin’ among 3 at­tacked in Gkp vil­lage

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - News -

GO­RAKH­PUR : A group of six men al­legedly van­dalised a mosque and at­tacked a muezzin (a man who gives azan from a mosque) there when he did not stop giv­ing ‘azan’ on a loud­speaker dur­ing the lock­down as de­manded by the men and showed them po­lice per­mis­sion for the same in­stead at Bankata vil­lage un­der Sikri­g­anj po­lice sta­tion limit of the dis­trict on Sun­day noon, po­lice said on Mon­day.

Muezzin Ab­dul Rah­man, 35, who suf­fered mi­nor in­juries in the in­ci­dent, said there were only three per­sons in the mosque as per­mit­ted by po­lice dur­ing the lock­down.

The holy month of Ramzan be­gan on April 25. “The trou­ble be­gan when some peo­ple ob­jected to ‘azan’ through loud­speaker and at­tacked the muezzin. But peo­ple from both the sides are ready for a com­pro­mise and have as­sured us that such in­ci­dent will not re­oc­cur and that they will main­tain har­mony. I have called both the sides for talks and if the talks fail, re­quired ac­tion will be taken af­ter lodg­ing an FIR,” said Jatashanka­r, sta­tion house of­fi­cer, Sikri­g­anj po­lice sta­tion.

Af­ter be­ing in­formed, se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials also rushed to site and paci­fied peo­ple.

The at­tack­ers also al­legedly van­dalised the mosque and thrashed two other lo­cals lead­ing to com­mu­nal ten­sion in the area. Hear­ing the com­mo­tion, one Sonu Ali, 25, locked the at­tack­ers by clos­ing the door of the mosque from out­side and in­formed po­lice of it.

In the mean­time, the at­tack­ers al­legedly came out of the mosque by climb­ing its walls and thrashed Sonu. As the youth raised an alarm, his fa­ther Az­mat Ali, 50, rushed to his help but he was also beaten and suf­fered se­vere head in­juries and frac­ture in the leg. The at­tack­ers then es­caped the scene. Az­mat Ali was ad­mit­ted to primary health cen­tre, Dhe­bra, un­der un­der Sikri­g­anj po­lice sta­tion.

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