Guwahati, April 14, 2019
Shaukat Ali, who was the victim of a mob violence in Biswanath for allegedly selling beef, now claims he was kept “inside a police lock-up the entire night” on the day of attack instead of being taken to the hospital.
Ali and his family claimed that he managed to get admitted to a hospital on April 8th, 2019, after the police released him from the lock-up around 17 hours after the brutal attack, as per a report filed by ThePrint.
A video of the assault circulated on social media shows the 68-year-old man being thrashed by the mob and asked why he was selling beef in the market. The irate mob, as heard in the video, also demanded Ali to declare his nationality, asking if he is Bangladeshi or if he has a National Register of Citizen certificate.
However, Biswanath Police claimed that Ali was detained at the station “only for security purposes” and was not locked up.
“We brought him back to the station and kept him for the night only for security reasons. There was a mob outside and it wasn’t safe to let him go,” Rakesh Raushan, Biswanath Superintendent of Police told ThePrint. Eight, including suspected conspirator, were arrested for assault on Ali.
Ali was first admitted at Biswanath Chariali and later was referred to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. He is now back in Biswanath. Ali told ThePrint that he can barely talk or hear due to a bad ear injury. Ali, whose name does appear in the NRC that is currently being updated in the state, was not able to cast his vote “for the first time ever” in the Lok Sabha elections.
On the other hand, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi slammed Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
“Is @sarbanandsonwal accepting that mob is stronger than his law & order machinery? If yes, why’s he still CM? If not, then why was Soukat detained?,” tweeted Owaisi.