A 32-year-old Muslim man affected by bipolar dysfunction was assaulted, made to lick his personal spit and compelled to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ by suspected BJP staff in Dhanbad on Friday.
Identifying the person as Zeeshan Khan, police stated one particular person has been arrested in reference to the assault. They stated extra arrests might be made after additional investigation.
The incident came about at a protest by the BJP in opposition to the safety lapse throughout Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s current go to to Punjab. The social gathering’s Dhanbad MLA Raj Sinha and Dhanbad MP P N Singh have been among the many leaders current on the protest.
Zeeshan was passing by the spot when he allegedly used abusive phrases for one of many BJP leaders. He was instantly surrounded by a bunch of suspected BJP staff and supporters who began assaulting him. He was then made to squat, spit on the highway and lick it and chant Jai Shri Ram.
After a video of the incident went viral on social media, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren ordered Dhanbad Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Singh to inquire into the incident. “DC Dhanbad, please take strict action against the culprits and immediately inform. There is no place for animosity among the peace loving people of Jharkhand,” he tweeted.
Two hours later, Singh stated, “We are inquiring into the matter and Dhanbad police is investigating it and has registered an FIR. One person has been arrested.” He stated it was not instantly clear whom Zeeshan abused.
The FIR was filed on the criticism of Zeeshan’s youthful brother Rehan Khan.
Speaking to The Indian Express over cellphone, Rehan stated his brother was identified with bipolar dysfunction 10 years in the past. “What kind of society is this. Even if my brother said something, did he deserve to be treated like this – made to lick his spit and forced to say Jai Shri Ram. My brother has been suffering from mental illness since 2012,” Rehan, 28, stated.
He stated a physician in Ranchi has been treating Zeeshan, who previously had additionally been handled at Central Institute of Psychiatry within the state capital.
In his criticism to the police, Rehan stated, “…My elder brother Zeeshan Khan was passing by the city center between 1-2 pm where BJP members were protesting at the Gandhi statue area. My brother was chased and beaten by the mob… and was forced to lick spit and asked to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’… My brother is injured… I plead that legal action be taken and justice be done with my brother.”
Confirming the FIR, Dhanbad SSP Sanjeev Kumar advised The Indian Express, “We have arrested one person, Jeetu Shaw. Further investigation is being conducted to arrest the remaining.” He stated political affiliation of the arrested particular person might be clear after investigation. When requested in regards to the provocation, he stated, “That is a matter of investigation.”
While MLA Raj Sinha didn’t reply to calls and messages in search of his feedback, MP P N Singh’s cellphone remained switched off.
Jharkhand has enacted an anti-mob lynching and mob-violence legislation, which is but to be notified. The new legislation has provisions for punishment as much as life imprisonment.