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Moments After Modi’s Unity Speech, Muslim Man Attacked By Hindutva Activists

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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on Saturday for Hindu-Muslim solidarity, a Muslim man was whipped by alleged Hindutva activists in neighboring Haryana state for wearing a skullcap.

The Hindu said on Sunday that Mohammed Barkat was ordered to remove his cap and chant Jai Shri Ram slogans.

“One of the men called me with a hostile word and revealed to me that skullcap was not permitted around there. When I disclosed to him that I was coming back from a mosque, he slapped me. He additionally requested that I serenade Bharat Mata Ki Jai and Jai Shri Ram. When I won’t, he took steps to nourish me pork,” Barkat was cited as saying.

The assault alleged took place at Jacubpura in Gurugram on May 25 night. No arrests have been made so far by the police.

Barkat was returning home at 10pm after offering prayers at Jama Masjid Gurugam when he was stopped by a group of a dozen men. He said that the men allegedly assaulted him with sticks.

When Barkat tried to push the man and run away, the man allegedly tore his shirt. As Barkat started crying, the men left. Four of them drove away in a motorcycle and two just walked away into one of the alleys in the area.

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