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Hate Crime: Muslim youth’s hand chopped off as it was tatooed with 786

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NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 10—In an incident of hate crime, the right hand of a 23-year-old Muslim youth identified as Ikhlaq was chopped off by a few Hindus in Panipat town of Haryana on August 24 afternoon.

However, the incident came to the knowledge of the police and others after the family members lodged an FIR on September 7.

Though the police have filed an FIR under sections 323, 326 and 34 IPC, it is not known if the culprits have been arrested.

A barber by profession, Ikhlaq had left his hometown of Nanauta in Sahranpur district in search of job on August 23.

According to his brother Ikram who lodged the FIR in Chadnibaug police station in Panipat, he was sitting in a park in Kishanpur area around 1.30 p.m on August 24 when some youths went to him and asked for his name.

“As soon as they came to know of his identity, they badly beat him up and left him in an injured condition on the road.

According to his statements to the police, Ikhlaq was feeling thirsty, he went to the nearest house and request for water. But the occupants of the house, instead, dragged him inside the house and beat him up badly. Ikhlaq later on realised that they were the same persons who had beaten him up in the park.

According to Ikram, when the youths saw tattooed on his hand “786”, a figure considered to be lucky by some Muslims in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, they said that they would not let this figure remain on his hands. They then chopped off his right hand below the elbow with a wood cutting machine in their house.

Ikhlaq told Ikram that besides four men, two women of the house were also involved in the crime.

He was then taken to the railway station and dumped on the tracks, to pass it off as an accident.

Railway police then admitted him to the Panipat General Hospital.

Ikram said that the cop present in the hospital said that it was a case of an accident.

He was later on shifted to Rohtak Medical College Hospital from where he was taken to his home town Nanauta.

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