A video of a violent mob wearing skull caps chasing and attacking a police van has gone viral on social media. It’s an incident of Indore’s Mumbai Bazaar, which occurred on 13 August, but the video went viral later on. Police have identified the attackers as Sohail, Irfan, Farukh, Junaid, Bilal, Waqar, Farukh, Shadab, Anees and other Muslim men.
According to OpIndia, a local vegetable vendor Suresh Khade along with his two minor nieces, who belong to the Valmiki community was drinking juice at a shop. A group of boys began teasing and harassing the minor girls. They asked for their identity cards and pressured them to produce their Aadhaar card.
After incessant harassment by the men, who were reportedly Muslims, Khade called his brothers and other family members to the location. The two groups got into an altercation after which Khade and his family were attacked with glass bottles. Reports suggest that the victims have sustained grave injuries and are undergoing treatment.
The video of the incident going viral shows a violent mob chasing the police and attacking them while they reached the spot to rescue the girls. A police force from eight police stations had to be called to bring the situation under control.
The Muslim mob made an attempt to prevent the police vehicles from entering and leaving the locality. In the video about a hundred men can be heard chanting religious slogans while surrounding and attacking the police van.
Narrating the incident, Pratap Karosiya a local BJP leader, alleged that the minor girls were locked up in a shop and their family members were beaten using weapons. He announced that the Valmiki community will now not work in the Mumbai Bazaar area following the horrific incident.
In a late-night investigation, the police have filed a case under Sections 307, 147, 148, 149, 354, 323, 294 and 506 of IPC, Sections of ST/SC Act and POCSO Act against Sohail, Irfan, Farukh, Junaid, Bilal, Waqar, Farukh, Shadab, Anees and others.