Muslim man dons burqa to escape lynching

Paranoid over the recent lynching of Muslims, a 42-year-old assistant engineer in Aligarh’s Kasimpur power station was caught at the railway station on Sunday afternoon wearing a burqa, Times of India reported.

The reports said that the travellers alerted GRP men about his suspicious movement. However, GRP observed his suspicious movements for some time before they detained him.

When questioned by police and intelligence officials, Nazmul Hassan told them that he wanted to conceal his identity as he was scared of being lynched for being a Muslim man.

“I had read about Junaid’s killing in a train in Ballabhgarh a few days ago. I was scared for my life after the threat, but couldn’t avoid travelling. So I thought of wearing a burqa,” Hassan told cops.

Though he was released by police after questioning, his act left senior police officials wondering about the extent of insecurity among minorities.

“When Hassan was handed over to the GRP, he was crying and shaking and kept repeating that he is a simple man who has never done anything wrong”. Pandey said Hassan was released after questioning and they are in touch with him. Senior superintendent of police Rajesh Pandey said.

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