Cleric claims he was hit by car after refusing to chant 'Jai Shree Ram'

    New Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) A 40-year-old cleric has alleged that a car hit him in northwest Delhi's Rohini on Thursday after he refused to heed to the demand of its three occupants to chant 'Jai Shree Ram'.
    However, police said they are verifying the claims made by the cleric.
    In his complaint to the police, Maulana Momin (40), who teaches at a local madrassa in Rohini's Sector 20, said the incident occurred on Thursday evening when he was taking a stroll near the mosque cum madrasa.
    As he walking back towards his mosque at around 6.45 pm, Momin said, a car first brushed past him. The car had 'Jai Shree Ram' written on its windscreen.
    "Three men in their mid-thirties tried to shake hand with me. I was suspicious of their intentions, but nevertheless shook hand with them," Momin said.
    The three asked about Momin's well being to which he replied, "By the grace of Allah, I am good. They objected to it and asked me to chant Jai Shree Ram."
    Momin refused to chant Jai Shree Ram and said they were free to do so.
    "I started walking back to my masjid, but I was hit by a vehicle. The impact was such that it flung me in the air. As I fell on the ground, I lost consciousness," he said.
    One of the passersby called police who later took him to the Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Sultanpuri. Momin suffered injuries on his head, face and hands.
    Momin gave a formal complaint on Friday.
    A senior police officer said the complainant has reported the alleged incident and police have registered a case of accident under sections 337 (causing hurt by endangering life or personal safety) and section 279 (rash driving).
    Police said they are scanning CCTV cameras to find information about the three person. PTI NIT PR PR NSD

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