A 55-year-old Muslim man was allegedly thrashed by people in Shahjamal area of UP’s Aligarh for reading the Bhagvad Gita. Members of his own community are said to have beaten him on 4 July.

Two people were taken into custody after the incident.

Dilsher, the victim, alleged that he was reading through the holy book, when two men Zakir and Samir, barged in and beat him.

They also broke his harmonium, snatched away the scripture and threatened him against reading the Hindu book again.

“I have been reading Hindu scriptures since 1979. They said they would shoot me if I continue this. They took away my Ramayana and Gita,” Dilsher told ANI.

 “I’ve been receiving such threats since long but I had to come here (police station) since I have received several death threats and they came to thrash me as well. They are from my community only. They say they’ll destroy my entire family. I don’t know what’s their problem,” Dilsher told ANI

 “We have registered a case on the basis of his complaint. Two persons have been arrested,” Vishal Pandey, Circle Officer, Aligarh, told ANI.

Dilsher, a security guard by profession, said, “Reading the scriptures gives me mental peace. However, I face protests from my own community from time to time.”

A case has been registered against Samir, Zakir and some other unidentified persons at Delhi Gate police station under various sections of the IPC relating to assault and harming religious feelings.

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