Lucknow: Three Muslim clerics on their return journey from Delhi were beaten using iron rod and were thrown out of a running train in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh.
The three clerics, who are teachers at a Madrasa, say around 11 pm last night, they were preparing to get off at their destination when six men in their coach bolted the exits and started beating them, even using an iron rod used as an icepick, according to NDTV.
All three have suffered severe wounds and are being treated at the district hospital in Baghpat. The police have not confirmed reports that they were thrown off the train.
“We were sitting on the upper berths and were about to reach our station. When we tried to get down, the people sitting on lower berths locked the doors and windows. When we asked them why they were locking the windows, they said “you will soon get to know” and started beating us,” Israr, one of the three clerics, is quoted by News18 as saying.
“The only issue they had with us was the handkerchief covering our head. They kept asking us why we had our head covered with a handkerchief", he added.
Israr also said that the attackers were unknown to them, but he can identify them.
The victims, Gulzar, Israr and Abrar, and some of their supporters later got down at Amhaida station and lodged their protest against the incident. A case was registered against six unidentified persons at the Baghpat Kotwali police station.
In a similar incident, a Muslim teenager, Junaid, was stabbed to death in running train near Delhi in June this year while his two brothers suffered injuries. The victims were returning from Delhi after Eid shopping when they were attacked merely because of their faith.