A 54-year-old muezzin was allegedly slapped by an unidentified man for refusing to chant the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Hoogly district of West Bengal on Wednesday.
The Muezzin, Mohammed Sufiuddin claims that he was stopped by three youth on a motorcycle and asked to chant the Hindu slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ as he was going to Mosque from his home on a bicycle at around 3:45 am.
“I told them about my religious identity and requested them not to force me to do this, but they refused to co-operate. One of them slapped me and I fell from my cycle. While I was trying to gather myself, they all flee from the spot and managed to escape,” Muslim Mirror quoted Sufiuddin as saying.
Sufiuddin has filed a complaint at Chinsurah Police Station against three unidentified youth.
Gaurav Sharma, the Police Commissioner of the Chandernagore has said that soon after they received the complaint, a probe has been started into the incident.
“They only slapped me once but I filed a complaint to teach them a lesson. If the proper investigation is done and they get punished, they will never dare to do any such thing again. This is not the culture of our area as I have been living here since my childhood,” Sufiuddin said.
He also believes that supporters of the Bhartiya Janata Party, the ruling political party in India have started to harass Muslims like him since the party gained 18 seats in West Bengal in the parliamentary elections in 2019.
“This is not the first time that such incident is taking place with me. After the 2019 election results were declared, a group of youth intimidated me and had forced me to chant the same slogan, they had said, ‘Kaka, Jai Shri Ram bolo’ (Uncle, say Jai Shri Ram) but one among them asked his other friend not to force me to chant this, after I resisted,” Muslim Mirror quoted Sufiuddin as saying.