Mumbai: The police in Maharashtra have beaten up an indigenous Muslim youth who was allegedly harassing locals by painting his car black.
The incident came to light after an incident report filed by the state’s Police Commissioner, Rakesh Garg, on Monday.
The youth, Abdul Rauf, was arrested by the cops after a complaint was lodged by the locals.
The cops said that they had come to the area in search of a suspect, but found no one in the area.
After being beaten, the youth was taken to the police station, where he was beaten up by two cops, one of whom was an officer.
He sustained injuries to his arms, legs and head and was also sent to a hospital for treatment.
Police said that after being arrested, Rauff was slapped, kicked and thrashed, including with sticks, before being transported to the hospital.
In the FIR, the cops have said that the youth had approached them after he noticed the vehicles of a local man, who he believed to be a member of the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), which is also known as the Indian Mujahideen.
The locals had alleged that the two youths were members of the LeJ, who have been waging a war against Muslims in the state for several years.
The police have registered a case under sections 295 (criminal intimidation), 354 (disobedience to directions of police), 506 (criminal conspiracy), 504 (hurting religious feelings), 507 (disorderly assembly), 509 (criminal damage to property), 51 (assault on police constable), 341 (attempt to murder), 342 (unlawful assembly), 342A (criminal harassment) and 342B (attacking police constables) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to the complaint, the police said that Raufs car was parked in front of a house and had been painted black by a local resident.
The local residents alleged that Raunf had called them and said that he wanted to paint the car black to deter them from coming to the house to buy something.
The residents, who were in a hurry, left the house, and the next day the local resident was arrested.
The complainant claimed that Raulf had also threatened to kill the owner of the house.
In a Facebook post on Monday, Garg said that police have received complaints from the residents of the area about the youth and have taken the matter to the local police station.
The complaint has been registered with the police.
The FIR is yet to be filed.
The National Investigation Agency has also started a probe.
According, in the same month, police in Odisha had arrested a woman for allegedly burning a Koran.
The woman was allegedly part of a religious group, and she had allegedly burnt the Koran of the Imam Ali, a Muslim saint, near a mosque in the town of Nanded.
Police officials had said that a complaint had been lodged against the woman by a resident of the locality, who said that she had burnt the holy book to punish the Muslims for a previous incident in which a man had burnt a Quran in front the mosque.
The matter has been taken to a local court and a case has been filed against the person who burnt the book.
The issue of Muslims being targeted by the Indian state in particular, has also gained momentum after the killing of two Muslim men in Dadri in January.
In May this year, a mob lynched a Muslim man in Jharkhand.