Uncle, we’ll put you in the right place in the car – the terrorists say before old Saifi shaves his beard



B.B News 365 Bureau:“Chacha miyan kahaan jaoge, aao betho mein chhod doonga aapko (Uncle, where do you have to go? Come I will drop you),” these were the seemingly harmless words spoken by a young auto driver to 72-year-old Abdul Samad Saifi who was on his way to Hajipur Bheta in UP’s Ghaziabad district on the afternoon of 5 June.

But what was supposed to be a short auto ride, was followed by unimaginable four hours of violence that involved brutally slapping, thrashing, kicking, and threatening the old man who begged for mercy. The five accused cut his beard, forced him to chant Jai Sri Ram and threatened him with dire consequences if he opened his mouth.

Saifi’s relatives said he was on his way to offer condolences to a relative’s family, who had died during Ramzan and whom he hadn’t been able to visit due to Covid restrictions.

Saifi was abducted when an auto driver who said he would drop him to his destination, took him to a home and beat him for four straight hours.
Saifi was abducted when an auto driver who said he would drop him to his destination, took him to a home and beat him for four straight hours.

The Quint spoke to Saifi’s relative Asif, who he had come to meet in Loni; Saifi’s son Babbu who he was with; two eyewitnesses to whom Saifi had narrated what happened with him as soon as he returned, and a Loni Samajwadi Party member, Ummed Pahalwan Idrisi, who the locals had confided in after the incident.

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