Three Muslims have been arrested for assaulting a 26-year-old Hindu man identified as Sriram for reportedly putting up a status supporting former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. An official of the MIDC police station in Solapur confirmed the arrest. Narendra Sriram, the complainant, changed his WhatsApp status message on June 11 to support Sharma whose comment about Muhammad had kicked up a huge row, the official said.
“Some of the accused, who are Sriram’s friends, got angry and abused him. He apologized and the matter was resolved. But on June 13, the four main accused and others allegedly assaulted him near his house,” the official said.
The police further stated that Sriram managed to run away from the spot. Police have registered a case against Nisar Sayyad, Nouhid, Wasim Pathan, Altaf Shaikh, and five or six unidentified persons. Three of the accused have been arrested and further investigation is ongoing.
Earlier, a young engineering student Saad Ashfaq Ansari was arrested in Mumbai’s suburb Bhiwandi after a mob assaulted him for supporting former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.