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2 Gujjar men thrashed in Jammu; video of beating goes viral

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Police arrests 5 persons

Srinagar: Two men from Gujar community were attacked by some people in Jammu district on Thursday night when they were returning to their home with a pair of oxen they had purchased from a neighbouring village.

As per news agency KNO, the video of the incident has gone viral on social media, evoking criticism and anger as blood could be seen oozing from the wounds of the injured men.

Muhammad Siddiq and his cousin Amir Hussain of Gorda village in Jammu district were injured when they were severely thrashed by the lynch mob.

“We were attacked by a group of people when we were returning home alongwith a pair of oxen. We pleaded with them that we are not cattle traders but they would not listen and thrashed us mercilessly,” says Muhammad Siddiq.

He said t was the police which rescued them from the attackers. “On seeing our condition, they later took us to hospital.”

Both the injured are presently undergoing treatment at Government Medical College, Jammu.

The attack on Gujjar men triggered widespread condemnation from different quarters with political parties and activists from the tribal community seeking punishment for the accused.

Meanwhile, police have registered a case (FIR no. 36/2021) under section 307, 341, 323,147 IPC against the attackers.

“We have arrested five persons in connection with the incident,” an official said. (With inputs from KNO)

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