Mohammed Barakat Alam, 25, a resident of Haryana’s Gurugram recently alleged that some people manhandled him while he was returning after offering prayers at mosque. The news was widely covered by all the top media houses and people from across the country had unanimously condemned the incident. This including newly elected BJP MP from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir, who demanded strict punishment for the culprits.
Alam had alleged he was returning from evening prayers on Saturday when he was set upon by a gang of four to five people who knocked off his skullcap and ordered him to chant “Jai Shri Ram”. He alleged that he was manhandled when he refused.
“I was returning from namaz when a man came up to me and told me I was not allowed to wear my cap. I refused to remove it but then he hit the back of my head and removed it and started cursing me.”
He alleged that he appealed for help but no one came forward. “Then they asked me to say “Jai Shri Ram”. I said, ‘why should I?’ and then they started hitting me and tearing my kurta,” he added. He said the accused then escaped – one on foot and the rest on motorcycles.
However the story has now taken a new turn with the emergence of CCTV footage of the incident. Contrary to what Alam alleged, the footage shows he did not have a skullcap on when the scuffle broke out. Also nobody is seen tearing his dress as alleged. Though a scuffle did indeed take place and legal proceedings have started against the culprits.