Mob in Maharashtra Attacks Man With Swords, Sticks Over Nupur Sharma Post

A senior officer said it was premature to say anything about the motive behind the attack.

A 23-year-old man was attacked with sharp weapons by a mob in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district accusing him of supporting Bharatiya Janata Party’s Nupur Sharma on social media, leaving him seriously injured, police said on Saturday, 6 August.

Four main accused have been arrested in connection with the incident which occurred on 4 August.

A senior officer said it was premature to say anything about the motive behind the attack as the investigation is at the preliminary stage.

Pawar was attacked by at least 14 people from the Muslim community with a sword, sickle, sticks, and hockey sticks on Thursday evening in front of a medical shop at Akkabai Chowk in Karjat town, 222 km away from the Ahmednagar district headquarters.

How It Happened

The incident occurred when Pawar and Amit Mane, the complainant in the case, were going to attend an event on his two-wheeler and waiting for a friend near the medical shop, the official said.

While they were waiting for a friend, some men belonging to the Muslim community approached them on two-wheelers. They were carrying a sword, sickle, and hockey sticks, as per the First Information Report (FIR).

One of them shouted at Pawar saying he had written a post on social media in support of Nupur Sharma and also put the status on Instagram after Kanhaiya Lal, and attacked him, Mane stated in his complaint filed on Friday.

Kanhaiya Lal was allegedly murdered by two Muslim men in June in Udaipur for allegedly sharing a social media post in support of former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, whose comments on Prophet Mohammad had caused a huge row.

The Quint

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