A group of Islamic scholars, activists and locals of thedistrict demanded strict action against those who allegedly attacked a Muslimcleric and forced him to chant 'Jai Shri Ram'.
The local activists of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, an organisationof Islamic scholars, protested near Jaula village here on Sunday against theincident, a release by the organisation said.
They also threatened to launch a widespread agitation if thepolice failed to arrest the culprits.
Police have booked nearly 12 youths for allegedly pullingthe beard of Imam Imlaq-ur-Rehman and forcing him to chant 'Jai Shri Ram'.
The cleric was going to his village on his motorcycle onSaturday, when nearly 12 youngsters reportedly accosted him, beat him up andpulled his beard. He said he was rescued by two people of his village when heraised an alarm, police added.