A 25-year-old Muslim man died after he was brutally assaulted by a Hindu mob celebrating Dussehra in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district after his bike accidentally hit a person from the reveling group.
The Muslim youth was identified as Irshad Mohammad.
The incident took place on the outskirts of Luhari village, Indian Express reported.
The incident occurred at about 7:30 pm on Tuesday as Irshad Mohammad was riding his bike back to Luhari village, and his bike collided with a man who was at the Ramlila ground on the village’s outskirts, where Dussehra celebrations were happening with his friends, according to police.
The police said that the minor accident led to an argument, and then things got worse when a group of people attacked Mohammad. He fell down and hit his head on a stone. He was quickly taken to the nearby hospital, but the doctors pronounced him dead, according to the police.
“We have identified five people who have beaten Irshad and they will be arrested soon. A first information report (FIR) in this connection has been lodged at the Bahadurgarh police station. Adequate police force has been deployed at Luhari village to ensure that the incident does not lead to further trouble,” Indian Express quoted Hapur Superintendent of Police Abhishek Verma as saying.
As news of Mohammad’s death reached the village, his family members and locals rushed to the spot. Visuals show police used force to chase away members from both communities.