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Police Let Shoe Supplier Go, Held Me: UP Muslim Man Shares Ordeal

For a poor shopkeeper in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, Nasir, the bone of contention that led to him spending two days in police custody and public humiliation in the local market were shoes with ‘Thakur’ written on the soles….

‘Thakur’ is a title associated with dominant caste groups among Hindus. A local Bajrang Dal leader had filed an FIR against Nasir in Gulaothi police station for selling shoes with ‘Thakur’ written underneath them on the soles….

“I bought those shoes from a supplier in Ghaziabad, Sanjay Goyal. I started this work since the past 25-30 days. During investigation, police took me there and recovered 16 pairs of similar shoes with ‘Thakur’ brand. But they let them go and kept me in custody for two days.”…