On Camera, Public flogging of Muslims by police In Gujarat

A video is going viral on social media, in which some Muslim youth are shown tied to a pole and beaten up with sticks by civilian dressed police men.

The incident took place in Gujarat during Garbha event.

Garba is a Gujarati folk dance celebrated in Navratri, a celebration lasting nine nights. The Garba dance festival is very popular in India, especially in Gujarat. Many Gujarati Muslims also have their own version of Garba. It is customary for Gujarati Muslims to attend, perform or enjoy Garba.

This year Garba events became violent when outfits like the Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad have decided to play police and restrict the entry of Muslims. 

In venues across Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, Muslims being restricted entry to Garba celebrations; some were beaten up. 

Muslim youth were beaten up by members of Hindutva organizations.

In an earlier video shows a Muslim youth, identified as Salman Sheik being stripped, punched and kicked amid the crowded street by a dozen men wearing saffron scarves.

In a fresh video local media VTV Gujarati News has tweeted this video from its handle. 

The men were asked to "apologies to the public", and the police inspector in charge of the area was present too, the report added.

When the media inquired about the video clip, Ahmedabad Range Inspector General V Chandrashekhar said he has not come across any such video clips. If there is any violation of the law on the side of the police, he will institute an investigation into it.

On social media, people in response to the video criticized police's "kangaroo justice", while Hindutva supporting mindset calling it as a "quick fix".

The Congress has hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party. Party spokesperson KK Mishra said, “On the one hand, the RSS chief goes to a mosque and meets the imam and the state BJP president halts his speech at Pandhurna on hearing the Azaan, and on the other, their followers are raising communal demands over Garba. Why is the BJP trying to polarize society in MP?”

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Source:  NDTV    |   First Post   |   India Times 

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