The incident came to light when Farooq was heading toward the mosque for his early morning prayers on Thursday morning.
Farooq said that he has never nurtured political or communal hatred and hence anyone targeting him on those lines seem to be a distant possibility. However, he pointed that ant-social elements, specifically those involved in ‘hafta’ business have become active in the area and this seems to be an act of such elements.
He said that gangs have been extorting gullible pilgrims coming to Ullal Dargah and recently some miscreants had even threatened the local shop keepers in the Dargah areas in a bid to eke out money. Keeping this in mind, Farooq said that police security must be provided in Ullal Dargah area or open an outpost nearby.