Report By Shivani Baddi | Christ College Student Bengaluru | Last Updated at May 25 2019
Two youths were badly thrashed, made to hit an accompanying woman and chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ in Seoni of Madhya Pradesh on the suspicion of carrying beef.
Videos of the incident, that occurred on May 22nd, has gone viral on social media on Thursday night and has elicited strong reactions.
One of the two youths and the woman are Muslim, and another youth Dilip Malviya, who was beaten up has been identified as Hindu, the police reported.
Superintendent of police (SP) of Seoni, Lalit Shakyawar, said that five people, including the main accused Shubham Baghel, who also uploaded the video of the incident on his social media account, have been arrested.
Baghel is a self-styled head of the Shri Ram Sena based in Seoni and has earlier been involved in beating up of Muslims in the name of cow protection. He was externed from Seoni district this February, sources said.
Shakyawar said that the incident occurred on May 22nd, and came to their notice the next day, that is 23rd May. “The video was uploaded on social media and considering its sensitive nature, . One of the victims is named Dilip Malviya.
The youth and the woman had been accosted in the Duda area just on outskirts of Seoni town on suspicion of carrying beef. The two men were badly beaten up and one of them was also made to beat the woman with footwear and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ while a number of people watched.
The video went viral on social media on Friday night and elicited widespread condemnation. Photographs of the main accused Shubham Baghel with newly elected Bhopal MP bomb blast accused Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur on the day her nomination was announced also got circulated.
President of AIMIM, Asaduddin Owaisi, also quoted the video to attack the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “This is how Muslims are treated by vigilantes created by Modi voters. Welcome to a New India which will (be) inclusive and as @PMOIndia said secularism ka niqaab’.