Two sanitation workers were attacked with an axe, beaten and their clothes ripped by a mob in Madhya Pradesh’s Dewas district on Friday, 17 April. In a disturbing video that has emerged, one of the sanitation workers can be seen being dragged helplessly by the mob while being beaten.
One of the workers sustained severe injuries and was admitted to a hospital, rural area additional superintendent of police (ASP) Neeraj Chourasia told PTI. Four people have been arrested in connection with the case.
The incident allegedly took place in a Muslim dominated area of Khategaon town in Dewas District, reported PTI. In a show of protest, sanitation workers refused to work at Muslim dominated areas of Khategaon on Saturday, 18 April.
“I am heading to Khategaon to hold talks with a few sanitation workers (who have struck work) to ally their fears.”Neeraj Chourasia, ASP to PTI
Chourasiya added that Aadil Khan, a resident of Koyla Mohalla, allegedly attacked two sanitation workers with an axe when they were cleaning the locality on Friday. Aadil, his father Habib and cleric Gop Khan, who allegedly instigated the attack, were arrested on Friday, 17 April. Aadil's brother Arif, was allegedly nabbed on Saturday.
The ASP told PTI that during interrogation, Aadil claimed that he indulged in violence as Gop Khan had told them that since the lockdown, followers of the Tablighi Jamaat were hounded by government workers.