(Left) The shoe with 'thakur' written beneath it; Nasir, the vendor (Right)

An FIR has been filed against a roadside Muslim vendor for selling shoes of ‘Thakur’ brand in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district.

On Tuesday, a local Bajrang Dal member had gone to buy shoes, and he informed that a Muslim shopkeeper, Nasir, was selling shoes with ‘Thakur’ written it in the local market of Gulaothi. The organisation then reported the matter to police.

According to Nasir’s father Saleem, he was first taken into custody on Monday morning and then a case was registered against him. His family has also accused the police of keeping him in custody for over 48 hours.

FIR with Sections 153A (Wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 323 (for voluntarily causing hurt) and 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the IPC were filed against him.

UP Police clarified that had it not acted, “Some people would have reacted badly.”

Further, today morning, Bulandshahr Police tweeted that after investigation, the man was released. They said the initial probe did not find any evidence of provocation to cause a riot, so they have dropped Section 153A from the FIR.

Incidentally, Thakur Footwear Company is an Agra-based brand which has been in business for over six decades. The company sells shoes by the name ‘TFC’. It is not yet clear whether Nasir was selling shoes of the original brand or counterfeits ones as they had ‘Thakur’ written on it.

Samajwadi Party has criticised the police action and said that the government should instead act against officials who approved the brand name.

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