On Sunday, July 3, a shopkeeper named Talib Hussain was arrested for selling chicken wrapped in paper bearing images of Hindu deities. He is also charged with attacking the police officers who reached his shop to arrest him. The incident came to the fore after some locals complained to the police in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal district.
The Sambhal police have taken to Twitter to inform about the same.
प्रकरण के सम्बन्ध में थाना सम्भल पर सुसंगत धाराओं में अभियोग पंजीकृत कर आरोपी को गिरफ्तार कर लिया गया है, अन्य वैधानिक कार्यवाही की जा रही है ।— SAMBHAL POLICE (@sambhalpolice) July 4, 2022
According to the Police, the action was taken after some locals complained that their religious sentiments were hurt due to Hussain’s action.
When the police reached Hussain’s shop to investigate the matter and arrest him, he reportedly attacked the police team with a sharp knife. The police, however, overpowered him and nabbed him. The FIR filed against him read that Talib Hussain attacked the cops with an intention to kill.
The accused has been booked under IPC Sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 307 (attempt to murder).
The police are currently investigating the matter in detail.
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