Watermelon vendor thrashed by people

A fruit vendor in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri was thrashed by people after they accused him of gargling water and spitting it on the watermelons. Kheri Police on Tuesday said that the allegations made against the vendor, Chand Ali, that he spat on the watermelons turned out to be “false and baseless” after a probe and questioning of the locals. The police, however, in a statement issued on Twitter, also dismissed the allegations made by the vendor that the policemen present there also thrashed him along with the locals. “Public surrounded me and started hitting me. Police didn't help, they hit me a lot,” Ali said. “The more I pleaded, the more they hit me.” Kheri police said that a team from the Kotwali Sadar police station reached the spot in Mohalla Barkherva on April 25 after it was widely circulated on Whatsapp groups that the vendor was allegedly selling watermelons after spitting water on them and that local women had caught hold of him. Police found that Mr. Ali had been a regular at selling seasonal fruits. “Due to the heat, he was carrying a bottle of water with him. Then a few local youths came there and started creating a ruckus by spreading the false allegation of him spitting water on the watermelons,” said Kheri police.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Market
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Market Was cross FIR filed No
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Date of incident: April 25, 2020
Nature of Violence
  • Harassment
  • Physical assault
  • Verbal Abuse
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  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Chand Ali
    Name of Perpetrator Undisclosed
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Lakhimpur Kheri
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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