Gujarat police reportedly kills a Muslim in custody; he was carrying beef, they claim
I had been receiving phone calls from the relatives and friends of Qasam Abdullah Hayat, who was allegedly killed in police custody in Godhra, Gujarat. I went there to understand and assess the situation. I spoke with the relatives and friends of the deceased. What I came to know is heart wrenching….
On 14 September 2021, he was returning to Godhra on his motorbike from Sewalya …. As he approached Bhamia Chokdi on Ahmadabad Road he was stopped and arrested by the police. Police claimed that it had arrested Qasam on a tip-off from an informer to police officer H. N Patel that Qasam was allegedly carrying beef….
After being arrested, Qasam was taken to B Division police station of Godhra. The in-charge of that police station, H N Patel, has reportedly earned notoriety as an Islamophobe…. before being arrested he was taken and presented before a ‘vigilante court’ of Hindutva goons where he was beaten black and blue. Two Hindutva goons, Pragnesh Sony and Pratik Kharadi, are known to have led vigilante gang….