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Mumbai police book man who lodged FIR in cowhide bag case

india Updated: Oct 02, 2016 17:00 IST
Farhan Shaikh
Farhan Shaikh
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Barun Kashyap told media persons that as an Indian it was his duty to highlight such incidents.

In a fresh twist to the investigation where a Mumbai resident complained against an auto rickshaw driver for intimidating him while accusing him of carrying a bag made of cow hide, the police have booked the complainant for registering a false complaint. The investigation concluded that nothing of that nature took place, a senior police official said.

Barun Kashyap, a Mumbai resident who posted the alleged incident on his Facebook account, said trouble began when he hailed an auto rickshaw to go to his office on the morning of August 19.

According to Kashyap, the driver began a conversation, asking him about the bag he was carrying. The driver alleged the bag was made of cow hide, though Kashyap explained it was made from camel skin.

Read: Cowhide bag: Mumbai victim fears backlash, dodges media queries

The belligerent driver probed further, asking him where he hailed from. When Kashyap told him he was from Assam, the driver retorted, “Is it next to Bangladesh?”

Kashyap, in his social media post, claimed the driver then insisted the bag smelled of cow skin. Kashyap said that since it had got wet, the bag was giving off the peculiar odour.

A senior officer said on Saturday, “Our investigations concluded that nothing of that nature took place between Kashyap and the driver. We have booked Kashyap under section 153 (A) of IPC.”

Section 153(A) deals with cases promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, etc. The Amboli police said Kashyap has not yet been arrested.