PATNA, India, July 30 (UPI) -- A group of fashion-conscious criminals in India allegedly went after a retired soldier and assaulted him because he refused to shave off his mustache.
The crooks allegedly went after the former military man and demanded that he get rid of his "prized possession," because it was a "challenge to their authority."
"Don't try to intimidate us with your moustache. Get them removed soon or we will root them out," the facial-hair-fretting felons allegedly told the victim.
When he refused, the gang of outlaws chopped off his left ear with a knife. Adding insult to injury, the criminals "thrashed" the man before taking off.
The ex-trooper was treated at a local government hospital.
"The police have identified the criminals involved in the attack and are conducting raids to nab them," local police official Sanjeet Kumar Sinha told the Gulf News.