A day after Dr Jitender Phogat (38), an eye surgeon at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) here, was assaulted by activists of radical organisations after he objected to their venomous speech against the Muslim community, the police failed to lodge first-information report (FIR) in the case on Friday.
Phogat, who had gone to Power House Chowk on Thursday when Bajrang Dal and other right wing organisations were staging a public protest against the screening of the Aamir Khan-starrer ‘PK’, had submitted a written complaint at the PGIMS police station.
Talking to HT, Phogat said, “I had gone to the chowk owing to some domestic chore when I heard the right wing activists dubbing the Muslim community a preacher of hatred and terrorism and using other highly objectionable words for them in full public view.”
Phogat said as he objected to their utterances by saying that their speech would cause communal tension and divide the country, a group of men holding saffron flags pounced at him.
“They threw 50-60 punches and kicks on me within 5 minutes till the cops on duty intervened,” he said.
The police took Phogat to the PGIMS police station, where he submitted a written complaint demanding a strict action against the culprits.
Meanwhile, the saffron flag holding activists reached the police station and tried to put pressure for settling the issue without any legal hassles.
Phogat said they threatened him of dire consequences besides creating obstacles in his government job if he dared to go against them. “I demand justice and action against radicals and I do not fear consequences,” he said.
PGIMS police station in-charge sub-inspector MI Khan said they have registered a DDR in the case and would work on getting some clinching evidence like CCTV footage of the incident to register a formal FIR in the case.
Radicals dub Muslim pearl seller a ‘spy’
While delivering a speech against the Aamir Khan-starrer film ‘PK’ at Power House Chowk, the right wing activists caught hold of a Muslim pearl seller who had come to Rohtak to sell his products and handed him over to police dubbing him as ‘spy’.
The man identified as Shaukeen (45), son of Kamruddin, a resident of Dilshad garden, New Delhi, who had come to Rohtak to earn his livelihood had nothing objectionable in his possession.
Police sources said he was a poor man, who was targeted by Bajrang Dal activists due to his religious background. The police let him off with a warning that he should not be seen in Rohtak in future.