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A Muslim man named Apsi Miyan has been arrested from West Bengal’s Cooch Behar for forcing another Muslim man to perform sit-ups while chanting “Jai Shree Ram.” A video had recently gone viral showing Apsi Miyan forcing Agsar Ali to say “Jai Shree Ram.”
Reportedly, the incident took place after Lok Sabha elections, but the state administration took note only after the video went viral recently. According to Mumbai Mirror, following the Lok Sabha elections of 2019, Apsi Miyan had beaten up and tortured the Muslim man, Asgar Ali, and Utpal Das. However, no arrests were made at the time.
Apsi Miyan was arrested and produced in a local Cooch Behar’s Tufanganj court on Friday and has been remanded in police custody. BJP has refused any connections with Apsi Miyan, reported Mumbai Mirror.
There has been a row over the “Jai Shree Ram” chants in West Bengal. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on several occasions opposed the people who were chanting the skogan. However with each incident, the slogan only got more popular with the people of West Bengal. It now has become a war cry for those against the TMC government, irrespective of religious affiliations.