AURANGABAD: A man was allegedly thrashed by a group of unidentified persons and forced to chant "Jai Shri Ram" in Aurangabad city of Maharashtra Friday, police said.
Imran Ismail Patel, a hotel employee, said in his complaint that a gang of around ten hooligans stopped him near Hudco Corner in Begumpura area when he was returning home on a motorbike in the early hours.
They beat him up and forced him to say "Jai Shri Ram", he claimed.
A person named Ganesh and his family members rushed to his rescue hearing the commotion and saved his life, Patel told police.
Police inspector Madhukar Sawant said investigation was underway and the complaint was being verified.
A case under IPC sections 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on the ground of religion) and 144 (unlawful assembly) was registered, the police officer added.
Incidents of members of the minority community being cornered and forced to say "Jai Shriram" have been reported from various parts of the country, including Thane in Maharashtra, recently.