A video is being widely circulated on social media showing Tasleem, a bangle seller in Madhya Pradesh’s Govidnagar, being thrashed by Hindutva men for entering the Hindu neighbourhood.
In the video shared by many including poet and Congress politician Imran Pratapgarhi on Twitter, the assailants are angered by Muslim man meeting ‘their wives and daughters’. The Hindu men in Govidnagar in Indore also threatened Tasleem not to enter the ‘Hindu locality.’
Tasleem is a resident of Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh, claims a Twitter user.
Following Pratapgarhi’s interference and complaint by Tasleem, an FIR registered against the accused under the sections 34, 120-B, 141, 142, 143, 148, 147, 149, 153-A, 294, 298, 323, 395 and 506 of Indian Penel Code.
This was the second incident in the past week where Muslim merchants and salesmen were thrashed by Hindu right wing groups and were not allowed to enter ‘Hindu localities.”
Tasleem, in his complaint to the police, said, “The accused first asked my name and started beating me once I revealed it. They also robbed the Rs 10,000 that I was carrying and vandalised bangles and other material that I had.”
According to reports, the FIR invokes charges related to rioting, assault, robbery, intimidation and attempts to disturb communal harmony against the accused, who have not yet been identified.
MP’s home minister Mishra said that the victim used to sell bangles using a Hindu name, according to NDTV. “He had two Aadhaar cards under different names. They have been recovered,” the minister added.
Meanwhile, the police have asked people not to react to the social media posts on the incident.
“We have registered a case as per the complainant and are investigating but we would like to urge people not to react to social media posts that are communal nature. We are also keeping a watch on such social media posts. The accused are being identified through the video. Stringent action will be taken against them,” Ashutosh Bagri, a senior police officer in Indore East police station, said, according to NDTV.
Alishan Jafri, a journalist who documents Anti-Muslim violence in the country shared a video where the victim, Tasleem speaks about what happened. He can be heard saying that the accused kept yelling ‘Yeh Musalmaan Hai’ (He is a Muslim) and began to hit him more.