JAIPUR—Another incident of mob lynching of a Muslim youth was reported in Alwar district of Rajasthan, within less than a month.
The 22-year-old Wakeel Ahmed, a resident of Tijara of Alwar district in Rajasthan, was beaten severely by a group of Hindu youths while returning home at night on September 8. He was a native of Bilaspur in neighbouring Harayna.
Eyewitnesses and local villagers reported that Wakeel was abducted near Tijara Chowk and taken to a nearby jungle, where he was severely beaten. Some villagers discovered his in a injured state and rushed him to a local hospital. He was shifted to another hospital in Jaipur where he succumbed to his injuries on September 12. Initially, Wakeel’s relatives refused to accept the body until the attackers were arrested. They warned of protests if justice is not served promptly. However, they took his body later on.
Wakeel Ahmed, a father of three girls, was his family’s sole provider. According to his family, he was targeted because of his religious beliefs. This incident has deeply shocked the Muslim community in the area and raised concerns about their safety. Wakeel’s lynching marks the second case of mob lynching in less than 30 days in Alwar District, Rajasthan. Last month, on August 19, a 27-year-old Muslim man was allegedly lynched to death while two others were injured on suspicion of chopping wood.
Wakeel’s family members identified several individuals involved in the attack and lodged an FIR at Tijara police station on September 9. However, no arrests have been made, thus far.
Meanwhile, in response to the rising tension, the Rajasthan Police increased patrolling in the area, urging residents to remain vigilant, report suspicious activities and refrain from spreading misleading information or rumours.