Up: Muslim Man Brutally Thrashed for Sitting With Hindu Woman in Bareilly Temple!!
Some residents in Bareilly, assuming the couple was “involved in love jihad,” brutally attacked them on September 19. The man and his friend had gone to the temple in an attempt to locate the friend’s lost sister.
There was a sign posted that read “Muslims not allowed” at the temple. A video that went viral showed a group of men beating a man in his early 30s on the suspicion that he was engaging in “love jihad,” despite the fact that the woman who was with him at the time (aged 28) and her sister (aged 22) begged the men to see reason and explained that they were, in fact, friends.
Bareilly: A MusIim youth was sitting with a Hindu girl, suddenly some People came and beåten him badly, accusing him of Love J!had.
– FIR registered against 4
– 2 arrested: Aman Saxena & Himanshu Tondon. pic.twitter.com/ocCqS74p2C
— زماں (@Delhiite_) September 18, 2023
They inhabit the same area as the temple
They are locals of the area surrounding the shrine. The alleged footage surfaced online on Monday, a full day after the Saturday night incident in the Quila neighborhood.
Inter-religion couple sitting on a bench in a temple campus was caught by #rightwing activists in Quila area of UP’s Bareilly . The man was a #muslim so he was mercilessly thrashed for #lovejihad
Mob deliberately delayed calling @Uppolice
Warning: Abusive content in the video pic.twitter.com/Kv5DZGoRPO
— Kanwardeep singh (@KanwardeepsTOI) September 18, 2023
Police also let the man from the minority group go
Four suspects were held and later freed after being booked under Criminal Procedures Code section 151. After almost three hours in custody, police also freed the man from the minority group.
Arrest warrants have been issued for two named suspects and several others on suspicion of assaulting the couple.
On Monday, SP (city) Rahul Bhati said, “We registered a non-cognizable report under IPC section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) against two identified and a few unidentified persons for assaulting the couple.”
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A viral video led to the arrest of four suspects
The footage was scanned, and four suspects were arrested: Aman Saxena, Himanshu Tandon, Harsh Srivastava, and Uday Kumar, according to Bhati. Attempts are being made to identify the remaining suspects. Each of them was subject to a section 151 CrPC challenge.