Lucknow, August 12 (KMS): A 45-year-old Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur town was paraded through a street, assaulted and made to chant “Jai Shri Ram” slogans.
According to Kashmir Media Service, he was eventually handed over to the police. Distressing footage of the incident shot by locals shows the man’s little daughter clinging on to him and begging the attackers to spare him. The footage also shows the man being hit while in the custody of the police.
The incident took place 500 metres from an intersection where the right-wing group Bajrang Dal held a meeting, where they claimed Muslims in the area were trying to convert a Hindu girl in their locality. The assault reportedly took place just after the meeting.
In a statement, the Kanpur police said they have filed a case of rioting against a local who runs a marriage band, his son and around 10 unknown people, based on a complaint by the assaulted man.
The police have not said if the men named in the case are affiliated to the organisation.
“I was driving my e-rickshaw around 3 pm when the accused started abusing and assaulting me and threatening to kill me and my family,” the man, who is an e-rickshaw driver, said in his complaint. He has not spoken to the media so far.
The man is a relative of a Muslim family in the locality that is involved in a legal dispute with their Hindu neighbors. The Kanpur police statement says in July, the two families filed cases against each other at the local police station.
The Muslim side had filed an FIR of assault and criminal intimidation first. The Hindu side then filed a case alleging “assault with the intent to outrage the modesty of a woman”.
The Bajrang Dal recently got involved in the matter and they had been making allegations of forcible conversion against the Muslim family.
“We have seen the video of a man being assaulted. Based on a complaint by the victim, we have filed an FIR and we are carrying out the legal process,” Raveena Tyagi, a senior police official in Kanpur said in a brief statement.