A Muslim man was assaulted, made to lick his personal spit and compelled to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ by suspected BJP employees in Dhanbad on Friday.
Identifying the person as Hasib, police stated one individual has been arrested in reference to the assault. They stated extra arrests shall be made after additional investigation.
The incident happened throughout a protest by the BJP towards the safety lapse throughout Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s latest go to to Punjab. Dhanbad BJP MLA Raj Sinha and Dhanbad MP P N Singh have been among the many leaders current on the protest.
Hasib, in his 40s, was passing by the spot when he allegedly used abusive phrases for one of many BJP leaders. He was instantly surrounded by a gaggle of suspected BJP employees 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 Hasib abused.
Dhanbad SSP Sanjeev Kumar advised The Indian Express, “A person who goes by one name Hasib was beaten by a crowd Friday. We have registered an FIR based on the complaint of one Rehan, who is Hasib’s brother. We have arrested one person, Jeetu Shaw, in the incident. Further investigation is being conducted to arrest the remaining.”
He stated political affiliation of the arrested individual shall 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 searching for his feedback, MP P N Singh’s cellphone remained switched off.
Jharkhand has enacted an anti-mob lynching and mob-violence regulation, which is but to be notified. The new regulation has provisions for punishment as much as life imprisonment.