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Elderly Muslim man beaten, ‘forced to eat pork’ in India

An elderly Muslim man was assaulted and reportedly forced to eat pork by a far-right Hindu group in India’s eastern state of Assam after being accused of selling beef, it emerged on Tuesday.

The attack on a man named Shaukat Ali, 68, took place in a market in Biswanath district on Sunday, NDTV reported.

In a video that is doing rounds on social media, Ali could be seen kneeling down and being attacked by a group of men who were also questioning him about his identity.

Someone in the mob can be heard saying in the video: “Are you Bangladeshi? Is your name in the NRC (National Register of Citizens)?”, NDTV reported.

Biswanath district police superintendent Rakesh Roshan said police had registered a report after receiving a complaint from Ali that he was attacked and forced to eat pork, Hindustan Times reported.

According to NDTV, police have started an investigation into the claims and are on the lookout for the men seen in the video.

Last month, in a similar incident at the hands of Hindu right-wing extremists, a Kashmiri Muslim shawl seller was attacked with sword and deprived of almost Rs 0.2 million in Kolkata city of the eastern Indian state, West Bengal.

 

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