After an ex-serviceman was assaulted by a pantry car staff inside a train, right-wing journalists and BJP leaders falsely claimed that the ‘Muslim mob was behind the attack.’
A journalist even uploaded the photos of several Muslim men on social media, calling them “attackers.”
According to Alt News, the man who was assaulted said in a video that “two-three members from pantry car came and did this to me.” He was pointing to his injuries while saying this.
Alt News stated: “While listening to the man’s narration in the viral video, we found that the man says, ‘… In S4… on both sides (of the train bogey) there are five to six Muslims. Around 5:15 AM; 1:30 PM, and 5:15 PM they block the passage and offer namaz. I want to go to the washroom, and they denied me the passage multiple times. After they finished the namaz, I sat there and started offering prayers to my gods. When you offer namaz you don’t dare to stop it… now I’m starting my namaz. I did (prayers) for two, three minutes, and then two-three members from pantry car came and did this to me (pointing at his injuries)…’It is worth noting that the man does not blame Muslim men for the assault.”
The incident took place on Swarn Jayanti Express heading to Visakhapatnam from Hazrat Nizamuddin on 20 November.
The scuffle broke out between the pantry car staff and Vilas Naik, a retired soldier, at Madhya Pradesh’s Betul, Times Now also reported.
The Times Now report stated: “When the pantry car manager, Harvesh Shrivastava, tried to intervene, a scuffle broke out between him and the ex-soldier. Pantry car staff also started thrashing Naik. As per Shrivastava, the ex-soldier resorted to violence when he went to resolve the matter. The pantry car manager also alleged that he sustained an injury on his neck.”
Pro Hindutva journalists and BJP leaders were hurry on social media to spread venom against Muslims soon after the attack.
Sagar Kumar, a journalist at pro-BJP propaganda channel Sudarshan News, shared this clip and wrote, “Jihadis brutally assault a Hindu brother on a train.” This video gained close to one lakh views and around 5,000 retweets, Alt News reported.
Dainik Bhaskar journalist Rahul Sharma shared images of five Muslim men and claimed that they assaulted an ex-serviceman after the latter asked for a way of passage while they were offering namaz.
Social media head of UP BJP youth wing Richa Rajpoot shared the video and made the same claim, found fact-checking website.