Lucknow, September 18: A Muslim family was thrashed by a mob at Aligarh railway station. The incident took place on September 15 when the family was travelling from Kannauj to Aligarh for treatment of a member. The family alleged that policemen at Aligarh railway station didn't come to help them when they were beaten up by the group of about 20-25 people. It remained unclear why the family was targetted. Tabrez Ansari Mob Lynching: Jharkhand Police Drops Murder Charges Citing Postmortem Report.
"They were getting down from the train and suddenly a group of 15 attacked them. They were wearing saffron and screaming slogans. They were attacked because they were Muslim," Farhan Zuberi, an eyewitness, told The Wire. After the mob fled after thrashing the family, policemen took the injured persons to the JN Medical College in Aligarh, where they are undergoing treatment. The family includes two men and two women.
An official of the Government Railway Police (GRP) said that there was an argument between the Muslim family and the group which led to the violence. "Some passengers were coming to Aligarh in Mau-Anand Vihar train. A dispute broke over getting off the train after which led violence. Two people have been injured and both are undergoing treatment in the hospital. A case will be registered after the statement of the family is recorded," he was quoted as saying.
Reacting to the incident, students of Aligarh Muslim University expressed anguish and sought strict action against those involved in attacking the family. Former Students' Union president linked the incident to the Dharma Samaj Mahavidhyalya in Aligarh. A memorandum was also submitted to the Deputy Superintendent of Police by AMU students.