With the crucial Uttar Pradesh assembly polls slated for early next year – the misinformation and fake news industry is up and about. Every attack on a Muslim is being portrayed to be part of a large conspiracy by Hindus to rid India of a particular community. Fake news is rampant, but liberals and Islamists tend to forget that they will not get far with their lies, especially in a state like Uttar Pradesh. So, when serial fake news peddler Mohammed Zubair posted on Twitter a fake video of one Abdul Samad Saifi claiming that he was beaten by a mob and forced to chant Jai Shri Ram, the liberal brigade was up in arms against Hindus.
Zubair tweeted, “An elderly man, Sufi Abdul Samad Saifi was attacked by five goons in Loni, Ghaziabad. He was threatened at the gunpoint, beaten, assaulted, and they forcefully chopped off his beard.” In another video posted soon after where Saifi claimed that he was forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and told that all Muslims will be treated in a similar fashion in India, it was seen that the alleged victim was making the claims amidst a comforting backdrop of Samajwadi Party supremo Akhilesh Yadav’s portrait.
Here is a video of Abdul Samad Saifi narrating the complete incident. He claims he was forced to chant 'Jai Sri Ram' by the goons. pic.twitter.com/QPfJwNBJEs
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) June 14, 2021
The popular narrative was that a Hindu mob beat up an old Muslim man, chopped off his beard and forced him to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. All was going perfectly according to the script, until Ghaziabad Police decided to debunk the bogus narrative being peddled by Islamists and their liberal stooges. In a tweet, Ghaziabad police informed that three accused had been arrested in the case – all of whom happen to be Muslims.
According to the police, the incident took place about ten days ago on June 5. The police also said that the perpetrators include Arif, Adil, Kallu, Polli, Mushahid. Essentially, a group of Muslims forced a Muslim wizard to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’, if the victim’s claims are to be believed.
— GHAZIABAD POLICE (@ghaziabadpolice) June 15, 2021
So a bunch of men beat up an old man Abdul over a Tabeez and then an SP leader jumped in and Abdul was now saying that he was forced to say Jai Shri Ram. But guess who were among those who beat him and supposedly “forced him to say Jai Shri Ram”? Arif, Adil and Mushahid.
— Shubhangi Sharma (@ItsShubhangi) June 15, 2021
While propagandists have only named Parvesh Gujjar, police have identified others as Arif, Adil, Mushahid, Kallu and Poli.
Abdul Samad is into occult practice. He gives tabiz to people promising miracles.
Ghaziabad SP dehat told me 3 arrested so far – Adil, Parvez, Kallu
— Swati Goel Sharma (@swati_gs) June 15, 2021
Despite Muslims beating their own co-religionists owing to a personal feud which has been attributed to the victim’s failed wizard-craft, liberals were quick to pronounce all Hindus guilt and accomplices to the supposed targeted harassment of an old Muslim man, in line with the growing ‘Islamophobia’ in India. Hindu gods were also brought into the picture, and Hindus were blamed for their extremism on the basis of a fake news.
I’m ashamed. I’m ashamed of what happens in the name of our Gods.
Hindus in India and abroad.. who want every Muslim to constantly condemn terrorism in the name of Islam.. am I hearing your voices now when our Gods and our religion is being misused to justify this brutality?!? https://t.co/CmgCIUD1oN
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) June 14, 2021
5 men abducted 72yo Muslim man, kicked him, beat him, put a pistol to his head, stole the Rs 1200, forced him to Chant Jai Sri Ram,cut his beard, made him see videos of other Muslims being attacked and boasted that they had killed many Muslims before.
— Md Asif Khan (@imMAK02) June 14, 2021
The ultimate objective of all such acts is to 'dehumanize' the Muslims–to make it difficult for them to live in this country with self-respect. Anybody could be beaten up–but the cutting of the beard was to insult him on account of his religion. The writing on the wall is clear https://t.co/uNFQNb2ooZ
— Dr. N. C. Asthana, IPS (Retd) (@NcAsthana) June 14, 2021
A Muslim man of yr grandfather’s age was brutally slapped,thrashed, kicked,his beard was violently cut while he was forced to chant JaiSriRam.
The cutting of the beard was to insult him for his religious identity.
This happened in the name of Hindus.
Your silence is your approval
— Arfa Khanum Sherwani (@khanumarfa) June 14, 2021
There were alternate takes relating to the entire fiasco prevalent on Twitter as well.
The Ghaziabad old M men beating by young M men case is not about Tabeej or Jadu Tona. It’s a case of sowing seeds of communal discord. Such incidents cause riots.
The Culprits should be treated like rioters. And if the whole thing was a drama, the old man should be booked too.
— Atul Mishra (@TheAtulMishra) June 15, 2021
Can this country's Musalmaan now not even ask his own Muslim brothers to chant Jai Shree Ram? Appalling intolerance. Ashamed as society.
— Sanbeer Singh Ranhotra (@SSanbeer) June 15, 2021
Arif, Aadil and Mushahid cut his beard and forced Abdul to chant Jai Shri ram. Aisa ram Rajya toh gandhi ji ne bhi expect nahi kiya hoga
— अंकित जैन (@indiantweeter) June 15, 2021
Moving forward, as the Uttar Pradesh polls come closer, the fake news industry will work overtime to portray Hindus as extremists baying for the blood of Muslims. India must be prepared to face growing communal intolerance, triggered by Islamists, in the coming months.