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Man who cut Sikh boy's hair held in Delhi

Arjun Meena was picked up at the domestic airport by a team of the Rajasthan Police in the Capital.

india Updated: Aug 24, 2006 15:38 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

The man who allegedly forcibly cut the hair of a Sikh schoolboy in Jaipur was arrested at the domestic airport in the Capital on Thursday.

Arjun Meena was picked up by a team of the Rajasthan Police, led by Superintendent of Police Narendra Meena, and taken to Jaipur.

The incident had taken place in Jaipur on Monday when Class XII student Indrapreet Singh was abducted on his way to school, beaten and got his hair forcibly cut apparently because he stood up for a girl who was being stalked.

The forced haircut triggered protests by members of the community, who went on a rampage in Jaipur, brandishing swords and injuring two policemen in the process.

There were also violent protests in New Delhi and in several Punjab towns with shutdowns being enforced even as action was taken against two policemen for negligence in handling the incident.

According to the police report, Indrapreet was taken away to an unknown place by some miscreants who forcibly cut his hair and later manhandled him.

The incident had its reverberations in the Parliament too with Congress MPs protesting the humiliation in the Lok Sabha, leading to the House being adjourned twice.

There was pandemonium as soon as the House met over the incident that took place in the BJP-ruled state.

Congress MPs, led by party chief whip Madhusudan Mistry, got up from their seats saying that minorities were not safe in BJP-governed states.

First Published: Aug 24, 2006 15:38 IST