Maharashtra: Man attacked by mob in Ahmednagar for aiding Nupur Sharma, 4 arrested

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A 23-year-old man was allegedly attacked with live weapons by a mob of 15-20 people in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district for allegedly supporting suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman Nupur Sharma on social media.

The incident took place late Friday night in the city of Karjat in Ahmednagar district. The victim Prateek Pawar was seriously injured in the attack and is currently in the intensive care unit of a hospital.

“Prateek is an activist and writes posts etc on social media. He had also posted about Umesh Kolhe and Kanhaiya Lal. He was beaten by a mob of 15-20 people when he was alone. The mob attacked him with sharp weapons like swords and He had received threatening calls to post about Kanhiya Lal and Umesh Kolhe and to support Nupur Sharma,” said Prajyot Pawar, the victim’s nephew.

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Prajyot demanded a National Investigation Agency (NIA) investigation into the matter.

“He is seriously injured. We are all concerned. We want this investigation to go to the NIA,” Prajyot added.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra police registered a case and arrested four people in connection with the incident. Ahmednagar, Chief Inspector of Police, Manoj Patil, said: “So far, four accused have been arrested in connection with the incident. We have received the complaint from the victim’s side. In their complaint, they said that while attacking Pawar, some of accused mob shouted that he had supported Nupur Sharma. We are investigating the same. From the case registered under section 307, 143, 147, 148 149, 504 and 323 of IPC.”

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In the FIR, the complainant, who is a friend of Prateek Pawar, said: “We were going to attend a program on 4 (August), suddenly a crowd came in in which 7-8 people were unidentified and 8 people were known. One of them while he attacked us, he told Prateek: “You keep posting on social media that you support Nupur Sharma, Kanhaiya Lal and keep giving related information through Instagram and WhatsApp status, because of this many others started to support them. We will make sure you like Umesh Kolhe` and attacked Prateek with the sword.”

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Suspended BJP spokesman Nupur Sharma’s controversial comments about Prophet Mohammad had sparked widespread violent protests across the country and also led to condemnation from some Gulf states. Kanhaiya Lal and Umesh Kolhe, who allegedly supported Nupur Sharma, were later killed by radicals.

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