A man was allegedly thrashed and forced to chant 'Hindustan Zindabad' and 'Pakistan Murdabad' by a person, who is accused in the 2020 northeast Delhi riots. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media.
The Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested the accused, identified as Ajay Goswami. A video of the incident has gone viral on social media. In the clip, Goswami can be seen beating a man and asking him to chant "Zor se bol (say loudly). Hindustan Zindabad. Pakistan Murdabad."
When the man being kicked and punched holds Goswami's feet, 32-year-old Goswami shouts angrily: "Leave my feet". The Delhi Police filed a case on the basis of the clip on Wednesday.
The video was shot in the Khajuri Khas area on Tuesday, said police.
Hindustan Times has mentioned Sanjay Kumar Sain, the deputy commissioner of police (northeast), as clarifying that Goswami’s alleged involvement in the Delhi riots has no link with Tuesday’s incident.
Sain did not identify the victim but said he too had a criminal record. The daily cited another police officer as saying: “On Tuesday, the man was allegedly trying to enter Goswami’s dairy, purportedly with an intention to steal, when he was caught.”
NDTVhas reported that voices, presumably of those who were recording the incident, can be heard asking the man to chant “Asaddudin Owaisi murdabad.” Owaisi is a Hyderabad MP and leader of the AIMIM.
"A video of Khajoori Khas incident is in circulation on social media. Cognizance of the incident has been taken and a criminal case has been registered. The accused has been arrested and investigation of the case is in progress (sic)," read a tweet on the official account of DCP North East Delhi.
Ajay Goswami, the alleged attacker, is a resident of Old Garhi village in northeast Delhi. A dairy trader by profession, Goswami has also been named in the 2020 northeast Delhi riots. The person who was recording the video has been identified as Deepak Baisala, who is on the run. Action will be taken against him, police said.