A Muslim shopkeeper in western Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr is in police custody after a First Information Report (FIR) was filed against him for selling a shoe whose sole had the name ‘Thakur’ – a so-called upper caste – embossed on it.
The shopkeeper, Nasir, was detained by the police after a complaint by Vishal Chauhan, a leader of a right-wing outfit in the area. Nasir faces serious charges like promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, causing hurt and intentionally insulting someone resulting in breach of public peace. The right-wing leader’s complaint also mentions an unnamed shoe company.
“A case has been filed under relevant sections at the concerned police station. The named accused is in the custody of the police and an investigation is on,” the Bulandshahr police tweeted.