A Muslim man, who took part in the Kanwar Yatra, was allegedly stopped from offering prayers at a mosque in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat. The man also alleged that he was assaulted following which police arrested three people.
"I had gone to Haridwar as a Kanwar and offered water at the temples. On Friday, when I went to a mosque, some people assaulted me and stopped me from offering Namaz. They even forced me to run away from there," Babu Khan said in his complaint registered with the police.
Kanwar Yatra is an annual pilgrimage by devotees of Lord Shiva who walk to sacred Hindu places across to fetch holy water from the River Ganga.
Babu Khan, a resident of Racharh village in Baghpat district, alleged that after he was beaten up for going on the Yatra, his wife and children went to their relatives.
When contacted, inspector Devendra Bisht said, "On the complaint lodged by Babu Khan, three persons have been arrested for disrupting peace, while another person is absconding."
Police and citizens of the area are making efforts to resolve the matter through talks. At present, the atmosphere in the village is absolutely peaceful, Mr Bisht added.
The people who stopped him from offering namaz however, alleged that Babu Khan was trying to enter the mosque while drunk and that is why he was stopped.
Meanwhile, district president of Hindu Jagran Manch Deepak Banmauli said, "The Manch is with Babu Khan and if anyone harasses him then we will not tolerate it."
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