A chilling video of a violent mob chasing and hounding a police van has gone viral on social media recently. The dreadful incident was reportedly filmed at Indore’s Mumbai Bazaar on August 13.
As per a Zee News report, the mayhem was triggered by a group of Muslim youth harassing two minor girls belonging to the Hindu Valmiki community. On that day, Suresh Khade, a local vegetable vendor had taken his two nieces to a juice shop. The girls were relishing their drink when groups of men, reportedly from the Muslim community, started to pass comments and harass them. These men also demanded identity cards from the minor girls and asked them to produce their Aadhar cards.
Mumbai bazar, Indore, MP:
Minor Hindu girls harassed by peacefuls. This is what happened when police went to investigate. pic.twitter.com/FtNEptJBBP
— Praveen Upadhyaya (@PraveenraoU) August 19, 2021
Though the girls’ uncle Suresh tried to handle the situation himself in the beginning, as it started to aggravate and spiral out of hand, he called his brothers and other family members. After the Valmiki family reached the site, the men who were harassing the girls attacked the family members with glass bottles; the family members were gravely wounded and are undergoing treatment. The girls were reportedly locked up in a shop by one of the accused during this time.
As the local police force rushed to the scene to rescue the girls and their family, they were chased and hounded by the radical mob. Contingents from eight police stations had to be rushed to the site of the incident to bring the situation under control.
But the mob continued their attempts to first stop the police vehicles from entering the area and then blocked them from leaving the scene. The violent crowd of over a hundred men could be heard chanting religious slogans while as they gheraoed and vandalized the police van.
Local BJP leader Pratap Karosiya also reached the spot. Speaking to the media, he said that the two minor girls were locked up in one of the shops in the market and their family members were badly assaulted. He further said that following the dreadful incident, members of the Valmiki community have vowed that they will no longer work in the Mumbai Bazaar area.
The police have lodged an FIR against Irfan, Anees, Bilal, Sohail, Junaid, Farukh, Junaid, Waqar, Shadab, and others. They have been booked under Section 307, 147, 148, 149, 354, 323, 294 and 506 of IPC, Sections of ST/SC Act and POCSO Act.
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