No communal angle to Asif Khan murder case, viral claims are false

On May 16, 25-year-old gym trainer Asif Khan was killed by a mob near a plywood factory in Atta village of Mewat in Haryana. His photograph is being shared with a claim that this was a mob lynching by another community.

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  20 May 2021 6:42 AM GMT
No communal angle to Asif Khan murder case, viral claims are false

On May 16, 25-year-old gym trainer Asif Khan was killed by a mob near a plywood factory in Atta village of Mewat in Haryana.

His photograph is being shared with a claim that this was a mob lynching by another community.

"Muslim Man Lynched to Death By Hindutva Mob. Asif Khan, from Mewat district of Haryana, was lynched to death by Hindutva extremist groups on Sunday night, after forcing him to chant "Jai Shree Ram". #JusticeForAsif #India #Islamophobia (sic)," reads the message.



The same claim has been shared by a website `maktoobmedia.com'.

Archive links:

https://web.archive.org/save/https://www.facebook.com/akhlaqueahmad.khan.35/posts/515901126252679

https://web.archive.org/save/https://twitter.com/Iammirzaarif/status/1394288812138721282

https://web.archive.org/save/https://twitter.com/Niyazpadikkal/status/1394265863822352393

Fact Check:

The claim that there is a communal angle to Asif Khan's murder is FALSE.

According to reports, a mob killed 25-year-old Asif Khan and thrashed two of his cousins while they were out to buy medicines. The incident took place in Nuh of Mewat when Asif Khan, who was a gym trainer, was returning home with his cousin brothers. The three were attacked by a mob and Asif was beaten to death, while two others were left with grievous injuries.

https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/haryana-mewat-man-asif-khan-on-way-to-buy-medicines-killed-by-mob-1803799-2021-05-18

Haryana police have filed an FIR against the perpetrators under section 302 of IPC. Police have ruled out the religious angle in the matter saying that the two groups have fought in the past and have filed police complaints against each other.

https://news.abplive.com/news/haryana-mewat-gym-trainer-asif-khan-beaten-to-death-by-miscreants-family-alleges-religious-connotations-1458880

According to Police, two cases have been filed against Asif alias Saddu. Five cases have been registered against Pradeep alias Patwari, the prime accused in the Asif murder case.

https://www.opindia.com/2021/05/asif-khan-haryana-murder-mewat-fake-communal-angle/

So, Asif Khan was killed by his old rivals and NOT for refusing to chant 'Jai Sri Ram'. Therefore, the claim is FALSE.

https://news.abplive.com/news/haryana-mewat-gym-trainer-asif-khan-beaten-to-death-by-miscreants-family-alleges-religious-connotations-1458880


Claim Review:Muslim Man Lynched to Death By Hindutva Mob
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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