BEGUSARAI – A Muslim man was allegedly shot at in Bihar’s Begusarai district on Sunday after he was asked his name. The police said a first information report has been lodged at the Cheria-Bariarpur police station in the district, but the accused is yet to be arrested.
Mohammed Qasim, who is a salesman, was fired at in Kumbhi village by a man who he identified as Rajiv Yadav. “I was stopped by Rajiv Yadav and he asked me my name…,” Qasim is heard saying in a video shared on social media. “When I told him my name he fired at me and said you should go to Pakistan.”
Qasim is heard saying in the video that Yadav was drunk. He reportedly pushed Yadav away and escaped when he started loading another cartridge into the pistol. Qasim claimed that people who witnessed the incident did not help him. He was injured in the incident, and was taken to a government hospital by the police.
“Yes, Mohammad Qasim has lodged an FIR in the incident at local Cheria-Bariarpur police station and has also named one person in the FIR,” Begusarai Superintendent of Police Awakash Kumar told The Hindu. “We are conducting raid to arrest him but he is at large.”
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi blamed the BJP leadership for the brazen attack and said Muslims have been “reduced to target practice” in the country.
“Qasim almost lost his life for literally just saying his name. But sure, I am ‘fear mongering’,” Owaisi said, referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in Parliament on Saturday, in which he said that minorities have been “cheated” and “made to live in fear by those who believed in vote-bank politics”.
“Where does Rajiv’s brazenness come from? From the top. BJP’s leadership has constantly demonised us and associated us with Pakistan. We’re not human in their eyes, we’re target practice,” Owaisi tweeted.