A Muslim man died and one of his associates was injured in Nashik after they were assaulted by Hindutva mob.
The hate crime victim has been identified as Lukman Suleman Ansari (20), a resident of Padgha, Bhiwandi.
The police claimed that the assailants were associated with the Rashtriya Bajrang Dal (RBD), which was founded by Praveen Togadia, a Hindutva militant leader. Six persons have been arrested in the case.
Those arrested have been identified as Pradip Aadole (34), Bhaskar Bhagat (28), Vijay Bhagade (26), Chetan Sonawane (26), Rupesh Joshi (39) and Shekhar Ramchandra Gaikwad (22).
The incident took place on June 8 when Ansari and two of his associates, Aqueel Gavandi and Pappu Paddi were transporting cattle in a vehicle. They were intercepted by 10 to 15 members of the Hindutva organisation at Nashik’s Igatpuri area, according to PTI news agency.
Ansari, despite being injured also managed to escape his attackers, but was found dead two days later in a 150-meter-deep trench. Post-mortem report showed that Ansari died due to injuries he sustained on his head and other parts of the body.
Paddi, another youth, was handed over the to police and was admitted to a hospital for treatment.