Video and article via NDTV
Sikh PA share this news as further proof of claims long made by the Sikh community internationally, regarding state perpetrated oppression and targeted abuse/attacks faced by minority communities in India. Sikhs are approximately 2% of the population of India.
A mob drags four Sikh men out of a Bolero SUV and thrashes them mercilessly. Some villagers watch sullenly, others kick one of the four who has fallen and is lying face down. Next to him, the widely-shared video of the mob violence in Rajasthan’s Ajmer last month shows another elderly man groaning as he too appears unable to get up.
The Rajasthan State Minorities Commission has taken note of the horrific video taken on 24 April and sought a report from detailing the sequence of events and the action taken by the Ajmer police. But the person who took the video and posted it online may also get into trouble.”This should not be seen as a communal incident. It seems one party was aggrieved and so acted the way they did,” the minorities commission chairman Jasbir Singh said.
“However, we will not only take action against the perpetrators but also against persons who made these videos and posted them online… leading to tension between communities,” Mr Singh, who heads the panel to protect rights of minorities in the state, told NDTV.
According to the police, the four men who faced the wrath of the mob were a group of sevadars, or volunteers, from a gurudwara in Alwar’s Khairtal locality. They stopped at Rajgarh village on the Ajmer-Nasirabad highway to seek alms for the Gurudwara’s langar, or free kitchen.
But one of the women in the village felt she had been hypnotised by them.
The villager later took the four to the police and insisted that the police register a case against them. The volunteers from the gurudwara, however, turned down an offer from the police to register a cross-case.
Ajmer district police chief Rajendra Singh said the police had been “apprised of the video that has gone viral” and would investigate it.
It now turns out that a police constable was present at the scence of the crime. If the victims are to be believed, the constable not only failed to save them, he was actively encouraging the mob to continue thrashing them.
The victims – all of whom were Sewadars (volunteers) from Alwar, had come to Naseerabad village in Ajmer to collect grains for their langar.
“I think the incident took place around April 24, we were going from door-to-door when suddenly a few people first hurled expletives at us. Soon a mob gathered around us, before we could understand what’s happening, we were being heckled, kicked and slapped by the mob,” Nirmal, one of the victims, told Times of India.
Apparently a police constable was present at the scene and he did nothing to try and save the Sikh men.
“The police constable didn’t save us, instead he asked the violent mob to continue attacking us. He asked mob to teach four of us a lesson but warned them not to attack us on heads,” Nirmal told the Times of India.
“We begged them to leave us, but nobody paid any heed to our cries. We were being attacked with sticks and shoes, people slapped us for no reason,” Kuldeep, another victim, told TOI.
According to some reports the mob attack was sparked by a rumour that the Sikhs molested local women and they were thrashed.
What’s more, a complaint was reportedly filed against the victims! Sure enough, it was found that the Sikhs weren’t involved in any act of molestation and the attack was entirely unprovoked.
This is similar to the recent incident in Jharkhand in which men falsely accused of being child-traffickers, were lynched to death.
In Rajasthan itself, cattle trader Pehlu Khan was lynched to death by Hindutva vigilantes in Alwar in March this year.
According to Additional Director General of Police (law and order) N Ravindra Kumar Reddy, the incident had occurred “nearly a month-and-a-half ago in Chainpura village falling under Nasirabad Sadar police station of Ajmer district.