Man shot at in Begusarai for having Muslim name

Injured Mohd. Qasim is being treated at a private nursing home in Begusarai town on Monday. Image by The Hindu

By Muslim Mirror Staff

In yet another incident of hate crime in the country, a Muslim man was allegedly shot at after he was asked his name in Begusarai district of Bihar.


Mohammed Qasim, who is a detergent salesman in Kumbhi village, identified his attacker as one Rajiv Yadav, who he said was drunk at the time of the incident. “I was stopped by Rajiv Yadav and he asked me my name. When I told him my name, he said you should go to Pakistan and then shot me,” he can be heard saying in the video.

A video has gone viral since the incident on May 21 evening, showing an injured Qasim telling a local reporter that he was shot at after a local youth Rajiv Yadav, who was in an inebriated state, asked his name

The hindu reported  that shot in the back, none of the bystanders came to Qasim’s rescue at first. However, when Yadav left the spot after firing in the air, some villagers took him to the local police station and the police then admitted him to the local government hospital.

“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 newspaper. “We are conducting raid to arrest him but he is at large.


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