Gujarat’s Ahmedabad saw a gruesome incident of mob violence against two Dalit men.
The rising intolerance and growing polarization against one religion or one caste particularly ‘Dalits’, could be seen in a recent incident. A video has emerged where a mob targetted 2 Dalits armed with bludgeons (lathis or sticks) in Ahmedabad. MLA Jignesh Mevani called this incident a case of attempted lynching.
In the video, a group is brutally assaulting a bleeding individual. The other man, when he came to the victim’s rescue, also becomes the target of the group.
The incident took place at the Sabarmati Tol Naka area of Ahmedabad at a roadside eatery on Sunday night around 7.30 p.m. The two men targetted by the mob in the video are Pragnesh Parmar and Jayesh. One of them was seriously injured and admitted to the Civil Hospital of Ahmedabad. He remains under critical condition.
What started the trouble?
According to Inspector R.H. Vala (Sabarmati Police Station), the heated argument between the eatery owner Mahesh Thakor and Pragnesh Parmar escalated into a fight when Pragnesh accidentally dropped a dish! The complaint has been filed with police against Mahesh Thakor, Jogi Thakor, and two others.
However, according to the Indian Express quoting the police statement, family members and acquaintances joined the eatery owner in beating the youths. An FIR has also been filed under Section 307 of IPC (attempt to murder) and Prevention of Atrocities against SC/STs Act.
Furthermore, Mahesh Thakor has been arrested and the search for the remaining three is on.
Jignesh Mevani, MLA from Vadgam Assembly Constituency, Gujarat said, “I will declare a Gujarat Bandh if the police don’t arrest the perpetrators in 24 hours who attempted lynching of two Dalits youth in Ahmedabad yesterday night. Don’t think Dalits are cowards: we believe in the Constitution.”
The lynching menace in India
Accounting from media outlets and independents initiatives opine at least 94 deaths in cases of mob lynching since 2015. Cases of lynching have continued to rise, however, the alleged reasons keep changing. Cow vigilantism saw Mohammad Akhlaq lynched on Eid in Dadri in 2015.
In 2016, two cattle traders were hung up from a tree in Jharkhand, and then there was publicly filmed assault of four Dalit men in Gujarat. Similarly, a mob killed police officer Subodh Singh in Bulandshahar, UP in 2018.
Then there was lynching of a mentally ill woman in West Bengal, suspected of child lifting in 2017. Furthermore, a mob mercilessly thrashed two young men to death in Assam in 2018. Also in 2018, Andhra Pradesh saw incidents of multiple mob attacks on Hindi-speaking people and Maharashtra saw a deathly assault on five tribal men.