BJP leader attacks interfaith couple

BJP Punjab secretary Sukhpal Singh Sra was arrested by police after he allegedly pelted stones at an inter-faith couple's house in Jogi Nagar of Bathinda district, Punjab. A Muslim man and a Hindu girl had recently got married and were staying at a house in Jogi Nagar. Irked over the inter-faith wedding, the BJP leader and his supporters, along with the woman’s parents, termed the marriage “love jihad” and attacked the couple’s house. In a police complaint, Raveena has stated she had married Deepak Khan of Jogi Nagar of her own volition, while her parents and other members of family were against it. Further, she stated that when she reached her husband’s house after the marriage, accused Karamjit, Sunita Rani, Moti Ram, Rinku, Monu, Chinu, Sukhpal Singh Sra and Yadav entered their house by damaging the door and pelted them with stones. After the registration of the case, Sra was arrested. Later, BJP workers and Hindu outfits protested outside the Kotwali police station. They demanded a case be registered against the groom and his family members.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Private Residence
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Hindu
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Private Residence Was cross FIR filed No
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

Sukhpal Singh Sra has been arrested and booked under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code.

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Main Information
Date of incident: May 26, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Physical assault
  • Threat
  • Vandalism/Hooliganism
  • Verbal Abuse
  • Causal factors
  • Allegation of religious conversion
  • No. of People Injured 2
    Name of the victim : Raveena, Deepak Khan
    Name of Perpetrator Sukhpal Singh Sra, Karamjit, Sunita Rani, Moti Ram, Rinku, Monu, Chinu, Yadav
    State Punjab
    District/City Bathinda
    Party In Power / Incidents INC - Indian National Congress
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