A group of Bajrang Dal activists beat a 15-year-old Muslim boy unconscious accusing him of trying to elope with a Dalit girl in Raisen’s Salamatpur on Saturday, leading to communal tension in the area.
Following the assault, the police booked the boy under sections for sexual assault and Dalit atrocities before any of his assailants were booked.
The teenager denied that he was trying to elope with the girl and said that he was merely talking to her at the bus stand where he was beaten up. According to witnesses, the attack on him continued in the presence of policemen. He eventually fell unconscious and was taken to a police station by the attackers.
“We’ve lodged a case of assault, obscenity, criminal intimidation and crime with common intent against three Bajrang Dal activists, including Gopal Rathore, Anup Agrawal and Sanjiv Shejwar. We’re making attempts to track them down,” said Salamatpur police station in-charge MP Yadav.
The boy was eventually sent to a juvenile reform centre in Bhopal.
Following the teenager’s detention, there was tension in Salamatpur area prompting the police to deploy in strength.