Brutal lynching in India: Muslim bodybuilder killed over faith or gang rivalry?

Published: July 23, 2017
Social media users say the victim (pictured left) was Naveed Pathan, a bodybuilder. PHOTO: Twitter

Social media users say the victim (pictured left) was Naveed Pathan, a bodybuilder. PHOTO: Twitter

A disturbing video of an Indian Muslim man being brutally lynched by 11 people armed with swords and sticks in Maharashtra state has gone viral on social media and prompted a debate on the victim’s identity.

According to reports in Indian media, the victim, whom police identified as Rafiquddin, allegedly a gangster, was having tea at a roadside stall in Dhule, around 280 km from Mumbai, when he was attacked.

Gruesome CCTV footage shows a group of about 11 men pulling Rafiquddin onto the street in public view and striking him with swords and sticks. They continue to hit him even as he lies unconscious and accumulated rainwater around him turns red with blood.

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Rafiquddin was struck 27 times with swords before the attackers escaped on motorcycles and scooters. Police claimed that he was a criminal out on bail, who had more than 30 cases of extortion, rape and murder against him, and that the murder was possibly a result of gang rivalry.

However, several social media posts have emerged in the aftermath of the murder which refute the Indian media and police’s claim that the victim was a criminal.

Social media users identify him as Naveed Pathan, a bodybuilder, who had participated in many contests.

Naveed Pathan. PHOTO: Facebook

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Zain Khan, a Dubai-based broadcast journalist, tweeted that Hindu extremists had targeted Pathan.

Others, including Senator Sherry Rehman also expressed their outrage.

A Facebook page called “We want justice for Naveed Pathan‘ also termed the murder a religion-based attack, and a Pakistani bodybuilder too posted a video against the barbaric incident.

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Reader Comments (40)

  • Kashmiri
    Jul 23, 2017 - 5:48PM

    This is reall face of hindu and indian i hate this,countryRecommend

  • Shamsur Rehman
    Jul 23, 2017 - 6:38PM

    Please check credibility of the news first.Recommend

  • Uzi
    Jul 23, 2017 - 7:24PM

    How is this surprising in the land of Hindus? Hindutva is the new norm in Hindustan! Recommend

  • k
    Jul 23, 2017 - 8:00PM

    He was a Gang leader & rival gang killed him, He had more then 30 cases registered against him. Good riddance now atleast one criminal is off the road.Recommend

  • Badla
    Jul 23, 2017 - 8:38PM

    The real face of Hindu India.Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 23, 2017 - 9:41PM

    India will soon break unhindered pieces. Hindus are nothing but human garbage Recommend

  • fahad
    Jul 23, 2017 - 10:11PM

    This is real face of the Indian mentality.
    This is real terrorism n fanaticism..Recommend

  • Mahesh
    Jul 24, 2017 - 12:44AM

    People in Dubai and Pakistan know more about him than local police and govt. Incredible, I say!Recommend

  • Faris
    Jul 24, 2017 - 1:43AM

    Sadly, this has become an almost daily occurrence in the “secular democratic” India. One or two Muslims are beaten up and murdered in broad daylight by at least 10 plus Hindus! And unfortunately it looks like it won’t stop any time soon. Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Jul 24, 2017 - 7:09AM

    I guess Arshad Pappu was also killed due to his faith? ET ? LolRecommend

  • Madiha
    Jul 24, 2017 - 8:36AM

    As a muslim I feel so blessed to be living in Pakistan Recommend

  • Asad
    Jul 24, 2017 - 9:39AM

    Muslims in India should rise up against such barbaric acts. Recommend

  • Quaid-e-Azam
    Jul 24, 2017 - 10:06AM

    Though the act done is a crime and we condemn it however before pointing out at others, lets focus on what we as a nation did to give justice to Mashal Khan and his family. We should remember that the both victim and his murderers were Muslims of my nation.Recommend

  • TSS
    Jul 24, 2017 - 10:38AM

    Thankyou Jinnah !Recommend

  • san(India)
    Jul 24, 2017 - 10:56AM

    Fake news!Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Jul 24, 2017 - 11:20AM

    Muslims posing as victims even after a Muslim gangster was killed probably by other MuslimsRecommend

  • Sheraz Alam
    Jul 24, 2017 - 11:51AM

    If he was a gangster and 30 cases were on him so what was the police doing ?they were waiting his murder?or they were with these pigsRecommend

  • Milind
    Jul 24, 2017 - 12:45PM

    All Pakis now have their tails on fire…just because a gangster of their faith was killed.Recommend

  • kp
    Jul 24, 2017 - 1:23PM

    One less criminal on the road.
    I request all pakistanis to please take these type of criminal people in your country, if you wish soRecommend

  • Asad
    Jul 24, 2017 - 2:07PM

    Thank you Jinnah!Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jul 24, 2017 - 2:53PM

    I bet if he was a Hindu gangster, he would have been jailed and prosecuted instead of being lynched in broad daylight. Oh, but I forgot: gangster or no gangster, as long as he/she is Muslim, its ok to get mercilessly lynched liked this in broad daylight so that the rest of the minorities (Christians, Muslims, Sikhs) are taught the lesson that to live in India, you have to be subservient to the majority Hindus! Recommend

  • Faisal
    Jul 24, 2017 - 2:54PM

    And all Bhindians celebrating as one less potential beef-eater in their hindu rashtra! Recommend

  • Aqeel
    Jul 24, 2017 - 3:00PM

    Even he was a gangster or a rapist police has no right to beat him like this… this act simply shows the hate which most hindus have for the Muslims so im not really surprised everyone know that india is a worst country to live specially for the women and MuslimsRecommend

  • Faisal
    Jul 24, 2017 - 4:23PM

    Pretender from India using Quaid as username. Old technique of Hindus from India trying to be internet warriors and pretending to be Pakistani or Indian Muslims and defending India or criticizing Pak or heaping praise on India! lol! the whole world knows your tactics. lol! Recommend

  • Asad
    Jul 24, 2017 - 5:03PM

    That’s how you people think, no wonder the same mentality has made a butcher a PM of this country. Muslims in India will rise for a free land soon.Recommend

  • Ghumman
    Jul 24, 2017 - 5:14PM

    The worst country to live is india, pakistan zindabad.Recommend

  • Aleem
    Jul 24, 2017 - 5:26PM

    The real face of India. These lynchings and rapes are increasing at an alarming rate!

    The reality is that when such things happen against the marginalized Muslims there, the RSS/BJP types gloat and the ones gloating are quite a large body of the Indian citizenry.

    They are pushing the minorities to take up weapons and fight and as we have seen in the past with the likes of Nagas, Sikhs, the Indian Muslims too will also take up weapons to defend themselves against such state sponsored lunacy of RSS/BJP! Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jul 24, 2017 - 5:40PM

    This is a real face of Hindustan Muslims should wake up. A lion one day life is better then jackal hundred days. Wake up The Muslims of India Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    Jul 25, 2017 - 10:18AM

    India is country full of hate for Muslims, Dalits, Christians and you name it.Recommend

  • Ep
    Jul 25, 2017 - 10:34AM

    No human being should be killed no matter what the reason could be. Brutality at its peak.Recommend

  • shafiq ahmed
    Jul 25, 2017 - 10:46AM

    Shame on indians who are supporting this brutality, its not matter of crime or gangster rapist etc, brutality should be condemned, All indian are i think extremist. if he was criminal or gaster then should have been arrested or treated like a criminal according to law, Poor people Recommend

  • Truth
    Jul 25, 2017 - 1:18PM

    Whether the person was a gangster or not, the people don’t have the rights to lynch any one; Authorities are responsible for punishing anyone. Being a minority in Pakistan, I condemn this brutal incident. Indians and Pakistani wake up and stand against such brutal incidents.

    Yesterday it was Mashal Khan (Pakistani) and today this guy (Indian). Till when we will live in this barbaric age? When will we become civilized.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jul 25, 2017 - 4:34PM

    India is not save country even for HindooozzzzRecommend

  • Muhammad Jihad
    Jul 25, 2017 - 4:41PM

    This is a real face of Hindustan, Hinduism is terrorist.Recommend

  • Rizwan Bashir
    Jul 26, 2017 - 11:55AM

    If it was a gang rivalry the question is there any killing of other party? Or it is one way? Recommend

  • Spark
    Jul 26, 2017 - 5:54PM

    @Kashmiri: No wonder why you are treated badly in POK!Recommend

  • Ali
    Jul 27, 2017 - 10:50AM

    That is why Hindus have remain subjects for 100s of years because they can’t handle power nor they know how to live like humans in a society. High time to carve out another Pakistan and few more Chinese states out of this country Recommend

  • Malik
    Aug 2, 2017 - 2:06AM

    @Shamsur Rehman:
    I’m pretty sure a dead guy is still a dead guy even if he is or isn’t the body builder…Recommend

  • vinod kumar
    Aug 4, 2017 - 2:27PM

    @Saeed Masood:
    @Muhammad Jihad:
    Your are are most dangerous country for the religious people including muslim.Recommend

  • ehtesham
    Aug 28, 2017 - 12:26PM

    Thank you Jinnah For PakistanRecommend

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