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Bajrang Dal Activists Beat Muslim Youths For Entering A Garba Event In Ahmedabad

Indiatimes logo Indiatimes 28-09-2022 Isha Sharma
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Workers for the Bajrang Dal beat up numerous young individuals of a particular religion late on Tuesday night in Ahmedabad, allegedly for attempting to attend a "Garba" venue.

Videos shared on social media show some young people getting beaten up while being questioned about their religious affiliations by the saffron brigade. 

One of the videos shows a person being stripped, punched and kicked amid the crowded street by a dozen men wearing saffron scarves.

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The man introduces himself as Salman Shaikh and begs to be let go, vowing never to return. The cops claimed to be verifying the authenticity of the videos.

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"We are aware of the videos and are verifying those. No case has been filed since no one has come forward to complain," B U Jadeja, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 7, Ahmedabad, told the Deccan herald

According to Bajrang Dal, the incident occurred Tuesday night at R K Party Plot on Sindhu Bhavan Road in Ahmedabad while security staff was "checking" party guests' identities to prevent non-Hindus from visiting "Garba" locations.

Beginning on Monday, the nine-day Navratri holiday began. As in previous years, Bajrang Dal members have instructed non-Hindus to avoid "Garba" venues.

President of north Gujarat, Bajrang Dal, confirmed to the incident and told DH, "Our workers spotted these people from R K Party Plot on Sindhu Bhavan Road. While applying 'tilak' to everyone entering the 'Garba' venue, we spotted four Muslims. I heard that there were some fights." 

The group has complained to district officials in various regions of Gujarat about their reluctance to let non-Hindus enter "garba" venues.

Nirav Patel, the owner of R K Party Plot, told DH that he was unaware of the situation because he had merely rented his plot to Sky Events, an event management company.

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