By Muslim Mirror Desk,
Mumbai: Five people including two women and an infant, survived an attack by a lynching mob in Nasik district in owing to timely intervention of a local Muslim youth who risked his own life to save the five people.
Rescued persons were identified as Gajanan Hiray (30), his wife Sindhu (28), their two-year-old son, Yogesh Wani (30) and Ansuya Wani (30).
Reports pouring in from Nasik confirm an attempt to lynch a group of alm seekers on pretext of being child lifters.
According to the reports group arrived in Malegaon to seek alms and were told by a local that they could get some money near the mosque in the Roshanabad area, says a report in The Times of India.
Around 9.30 pm, when they were seeking alms, they spoke in Marathi to a 13-year-old boy who was reportedly returning home from Arabic classes. The boy couldn’t understand what they were saying as he didn’t know Marathi and rushed home to tell his parents the group was allegedly dragging him. This sparked rumours of ‘bachcha chor’, which spread rapidly via social media, and a mob soon gathered at the spot near the civic-run Ali Akbar Hospital and set upon the villagers.
The group was just about to be attacked by the mob but was saved by a local youth identified as Sheikh Wasim, a fruit-seller, and some others who promptly pushed all five into a house and a small mill stocking textile raw material.
Wasim along with his uncle Rasheed Rationwala, on finding an opportunity, quickly hid the couple and a child in Rationwala’s house nearby and the other two villagers in the mill room. They kept the surging mob back until a huge police contingent reached the spot and rescued the group close to midnight.