Mumbai, Oct 18: In yet another case of religious intolerance, two Muslim youths were allegedly thrashed by cops in Mumbai.
According to reports, police officials, who thrashed youths, told them to "leave India and go to Pakistan."
The youths from Mahim were on Friday, Oct 16, brutally thrashed by police officers from Bandra, as they suspected them to be "Pakistani terrorists or ISIS agents".
The shocking incident happened when 19-year-old Asif Shaikh, a gym trainer and 19-year-old Danish Shaikh, were returning home from Bhabha Hospital on a bike at midnight.
Police officials caught the duo from near Bandra Reclamation and beaten them black and blue with belts and batons for around three hours in Bandra police station till 6.30 am. Then, their parents were called to take them to home.
After the incident, victims' families registered a complaint at Bandra police station, following which an inquiry has been initiated.
Asif, who received injuries at his back, hands and legs, is undegoing treatment at Bhabha hospital.
Asif and Danish, students of Rizvi College, live in the same building near St Michael Church in Mahim and on Friday, Oct 16, both had gone to meet an ailing neighbour, who was admitted to Bhabha hospital.
Asian Age reported that the boys managed to make a video when the inhuman treatment was meted out to both of them inside the police station.
To avoid any untoward incident, cops were deployed outside Bhabha hospital. Samajwadi Party activists reportedly gathered at the hospital and asked the authorities to admit Asif who was seriously injured.
Advocate Rahul Dangle has taken up the case of Asif and Danish. He was quoted saying as to the TOI, "Both innocents who are just 19 years old, do not have any criminal background and hail from a good family and locality.
"The cops told the victims' parents that they should say that the public assaulted their children and not the cops. The cops also said they were ready to pay Rs 50,000 or more to the youths and asked the youths not to press the matter further and not to lodge a complaint which will not yield any result", he added.