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Kanpur: Court releases all three accused held for forcing man to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kanpur: All three accused arrested for assaulting a man in Kanpur and forcing him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ were released on bail by a local court, said police on Friday.

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Videos of the assault, which also shows Afsar Ahmad’s five-year-old daughter pleading with the men to let her father go, had gone viral on social media.

In one of the videos, some men wearing saffron scarves are seen assaulting Ahmad, an e-rickshaw driver, accusing him of raising anti-national slogans. Ahmad is seen pleading repeatedly that he did not raise any such slogan, while his daughter tries to free him. Police had rescued Ahmad and taken him and his daughter to a police station.

While Kanpur Police Commissioner Asim Kumar Arun has issued a statement saying that the three were arrested, ADCP (South) Anil Kumar said the men were “taken into custody on Thursday and were released Friday”.

Speaking on the release of the three people, Kumar said, “There are court orders that with such bailable offence, we are not to make arrests and if we take someone into custody, then we are to release them from the police station. They were taken into custody and they underwent medical examinations and were released today from police station.”

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On Friday morning, Kanpur Police Commissioner Asim Kumar Arun said that the three main accused in the case were arrested on Thursday as part of the investigation. “A video had come to light from Kanpur Nagar where a man was being beaten up. In connection with the incident, I would like to give an update. The person was immediately rescued, and was brought to the police station and a case was lodged based on his complaint. Yesterday, as part of the probe the three main accused who had beaten up the man were arrested. Police force has been deployed in the area and the situation there is normal. We are making efforts to arrest the other accused too,” he said.

The accused were identified as Ajay Rajesh “Band waala”, Aman Gupta, and Rahul Kumar.

An FIR against the three men along with 10 unidentified people was lodged under IPC Sections 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

Bajrang Dal members had held a protest late Thursday night outside the local DCP’s office demanding their release and calling their arrest wrong. During the protest, slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Vande Matram’ were also raised by them.

Senior police officers held talks with the members of the outfit, following which the protest was called off.

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DCP (South) Raveena Tyagi Thursday met Ahmad’s family, including the five-year-old child, who had witnessed her father being assaulted.

Police had earlier said the assault on Ahmad was linked to a dispute that took place a month ago between two families belonging to different communities who live in the slum where the assault took place.

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