Some Muslim males detained for allegedly hurling stones at a Navratri Garba festival in Gujarat’s Kheda district were tied to a pole and beaten with canes by police, according to footage that went viral on Twitter today. Officers were spotted celebrating as plainclothes cops struck the guys.
According to VTV Gujarati News, “10-11 heretics were brought to the village, where the police taught them a lesson in public” at Undhela village.
The men were asked to “apologise to the public”, and the police inspector in charge of the area was present too, the report added.
News agency PTI had reported that a mob of around 150 people threw stones at a garba event on premises of a temple last night; 43 were named in the case.
According to the First Information Report, or FIR, members from the Muslim community in the village objected to garba being organised near a mosque, which is located across the temple.
“Police detained 13 persons after the FIR was registered at Matar police station,” Deputy Superintendent of Police VR Bajpai had told PTI. Police were deployed in large number at the village following the incident.
“The village sarpanch (head) had organised garba at a temple. A mob from the Muslim community tried to stop it from taking place,” Mr Bajpai told reporters.
Earlier, Kheda superintendent of police Rajesh Gadhiya had said a group of people led by two Muslim men entered the Navratri Garba venue and “started causing trouble”.