Some Muslim men arrested for allegedly throwing stones at a Navratri Garba event were tied to a pole and publicly flogged with batons after being arrested for allegedly throwing stones at a Hindu religious event, Navratri Garba, in Gujarat.
Local news outlet VTV Gujarati News also shared the video, saying “10-11 heretics were brought to the village, where they were given a public lesson by the police” in Undhela village.
The report added that the men were asked to “apologize to the public” and the police inspector in charge of the area was also present.
The PTI news agency reported that a mob of around 150 people threw stones at a Garba event on temple premises last night; 43 were named in the case.
According to the First Information Report, or FIR, members of the Muslim community in the village objected to the garba being organized near a mosque located on the other side of the temple.
“Police detained 13 people after the FIR was registered at Matar police station,” Deputy Superintendent of Police VR Bajpai told PTI. The police were deployed in large numbers in the village after the incident.
Previously, Muslim men were accused of disturbing the festivities. Right-wing Hindu groups like the Bajrang Dal have warned them against it.
Five Muslim men were arrested at a Garba pandal in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain, but police later said they had not committed any crime. The arrest was only preventive, one officer, adding that the men had argued with the organizers and the police.
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