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Two days after Mohammad Shami’s brother Mohammad Haseeb was booked for allegedly ‘assaulting’ police officers, Shami’s father Tauseef Ahmad has claimed that the family is in ‘danger’ and the issue of cow slaughter was being used to target them.
“My son was not even present there at the time of the incident and had reached the site only much later,” Ahmad told a news daily on Friday.
“He (Haseeb) was just an onlooker like so many others who had gathered there. He was unnecessarily dragged into the controversy. It is just that a few persons are nurturing enmity with our family because of the publicity we have got after Shami started playing for team India. I had reported the issue to the DM in this regard a month ago. This (the arrest) is the result of that. A term like ‘cow slaughter’ is being used to target us.”
For his part, Amroha district magistrate Ved Prakash confirmed that Ahmad had approached him a while back, but said that he did not reveal who was threatening him.
On Thursday afternoon, station officer of Didoli police station, Praveen Kumar, got a tip-off regarding a person wanted in a case of cow slaughter. When the team led by Kumar went to arrest the man, Haseeb allegedly prevented the police from doing their job and got into a scuffle with sub-inspector Pradeep Bhardwaj, tearing the latter’s uniform.
After the accused fled the scene, police arrested and filed charges against Haseeb.
Kumar said, “Haseeb stopped the police vehicle which was carrying the accused wanted in the cow slaughter case, a man named Rizwan Ahmad. When the sub-inspector and constables confronted him, Haseeb became violent. We filed an FIR against Haseeb under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 153 (promoting enmity between different groups), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty) and 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension).