Muslim Man Alleged Jailor to Force Him to Shave Beard

Bhopal: An independent inquiry will be held to probe charges that a group of Muslim men kept in jail in Madhya Pradesh’s Rajgarh district had to shave their beards by the jailor, Madhya Pradesh home minister Narottam Mishra said on Tuesday.

Congress MLA from Bhopal Arif Masood looked for action against the jailor following charges that jailor NS Rana referred to them as “Pakistanis” on account of their beard and constrained them to shave.

Jailor NS Rana has denied the charges. “I never interact with any prisoners, so they are lying that I ordered them to shave. I don’t have the foggiest idea why they shaved off their beard, yet the prison authorities don’t have anything to do with it,” he said.

An occupant of Zirapur, Kalim Khan evened out the claims against jail officials on Friday after he and others were released from prison. They were confined for infringement of prohibitory orders.

After their release, he drove a dissent outside the district collector’s office, blaming NS Rana and three others for abusing them and giving orders to shave their beard. “I was arrested on September 13 under prohibitory orders and jailed on September 14. The jailor NS Rana abused me and three others. He asked a jail employee to shave our beard forcefully.”

“I have been keeping this beard for the past eight years. The act of jailor hurts my religious sentiments,” he added.

Legislator Arif Masood requested that a first information report be documented against the jail authorities.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi likewise raised the matter and tweeted, “Does someone become Pakistani by having a beard? Will CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan take action against the jailor or reward him for his action?”

By Archana

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