A mob pelted stones at a house in Gurgaon and beat up members of a Muslim family, in an attack triggered by a game of cricket on Holi, police said on Friday.
Six people were arrested for attempt to murder.
“The incident occurred on Thursday evening at 5.00 pm when some of the victim family members, belonging to a minority community, were playing cricket outside their residence in Bhup Singh Nagar,” ACP, Gurgaon, Shamsher Singh said.
The family later alleged it was a planned attack by a group of people “backed” by a Hindutva group.
The police, however, did not confirm the allegation.
The family also claimed that they were asked to go to Pakistan and play cricket there.
A mob of about 40 people was allegedly involved in the attack on the family of three or four people in Bhondsi area, police said.
According to a victim, Shahid, six to seven drunk people asked his family members not to play cricket on the street.
The ACP said when the family continued to play cricket, the assailants were joined by over 40 youths who attacked the family with batons, iron rods, hockey sticks, and water pipes.
In a bid to save themselves, the victims rushed into their house but some of the attackers managed to barge in and beat them. The ones who didn’t enter pelted stones at the house.
They attacked Shahid with sticks and iron rods until he lost consciousness, the officer added.
Mob lynching in broad day light.
A Muslim family is brutally attacked by goons in Bhondsi, Gurgaon, Haryana .
Dispute happened because Cricket ball hit someone ..
WARNING : Don’t watch if you can’t see sensitive videos. pic.twitter.com/ltslxXZmXQ
— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) March 22, 2019
A horrifying video of at least 35 to 40 goons assaulting three to four people of the family surfaced on social media on Friday evening.
The video clip purportedly showed women family members pleading for mercy while Shahid was being thrashed, he said.
“We have registered a case of attempt to murder and other relevant sections against the attackers at Bhondsi Police station. We have arrested six goons and efforts are on to identify others with the help of the video,” the ACP said.
The victim family claimed the police took about 40 minutes to come to their rescue, though they kept calling on the help number. By then, the attackers had escaped, they claimed.
Reacting on the incident, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter and said, “Hitler bhi satta ke liye yahi karta tha. Hitler ke gunde logo to peethte the, unka khoon karte the aur police jinhe mara, unhi ke khilaaf case karti thi (Hitler also used to do this for power. Hitler’s goons used to beat up people, murder them…).”
The AAP chief further said that the PM does the same for power.
“Modiji bhi satta ke liye yahi karwa rahein hai, Hitler ke raaste chal rahe hai. Par Modi samrthako ko dikhai nahi deta hai ki hamara bharat kidhar ja raha hai? (Modiji is also doing this for power, he is walking on the path of Hitler. But Modi supporters are not able to see where our country is going),” he tweeted.