A day after three men were arrested for allegedly promoting communal enmity by physically assaulting a man from another faith and posting videos of the incident on social media, a magistrate court on Wednesday refused to grant police remand of the three accused, officials said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-6) Ahmedabad City Police Ravi Mohan Saini said, “The accused were produced in the Magistrate Court on August 30. After the plea for remand was rejected, they have been taken in judicial custody and are lodged at the Ahmedabad Central Jail.” The video of the incident was widely shared on social media.
“We have taken cognizance of the viral video, and we are investigating the case further now to find out more people who were actively involved (in the commotion),” he added.
The accused were identified as Akbar Khan Pathan (36), Faizan Shaikh (25) and Hussain Syed (19), all residents of Danilimda.
As per the FIR lodged based on a complaint by Kishan alias Sunil Subramaniam Naidu (21) on Tuesday, the incident took place on August 26 in the afternoon when he was returning from Sabarmati Riverfront with a female friend on a two-wheeler. “Three people stopped us near Chirag Higher Secondary School near Danilimda and questioned us after asking our names, and said to my friend- ‘Whose girl are you, let’s call your mother and father’.”
“They told me ‘You’re Hindu and you are roaming around with our Muslim girl’; they gathered some people, and they incited me about religion. All three slapped me on my cheek,” the FIR further quoted him as saying.