LUCKNOW – In a disturbing incident of hooliganism, a mob of Bharatiya Janata Party workers brutally beat up a Muslim student during a shoot of a TV news channel’s talk show for speaking against the Narendra Modi government.
The incident happened in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar on 6 March when the Student identified as Adnan spoke against the government at the talk show anchored by Narendra Pratap for the Hindi news channel ‘Bharat Samachar’. Adnan, whose parents live in Saudi Arabia, was in Muzaffarnagar to write his board exams.
In Muzaffarnagar, BJP workers brutally thrashed a youth who confronted govt’s claim over job and education during an election special segment hosted by senior journalist @narendrauptv for his channel. Mob can be heard calling the youth a terrorist. pic.twitter.com/mNjo3zCT6n
— Piyush Rai | پیوش رائے (@Benarasiyaa) March 6, 2019
Talking to the media about the incident, he said “I was passing by. I saw there was a show going on so I participated. I said there was no work happening. They started saying things like I am a terrorist. Then they started beating me up. They were BJP people. Police hasn’t taken any action yet. I want them to be punished. They beat me up just because I am a Muslim. I spoke against the BJP. That is why they have beaten me”.
Narrating about the incident, news anchor Pratap said “I asked him about the employment and education opportunities in the area. He started speaking. The BJP members then tried to stop him from speaking because he said there were no changes taking place. He hardly spoke 3-4 sentences, but the BJP members started thrashing him up. He started bleeding and ran for his life. The RLD members saved him. They wanted to get the police involved and took him away”.
The video which has gone viral on social media shows a mob brutally beating up a boy and calling him terrorist. According to Pratap, during the show, BJP workers were not letting any speaker to speak against Modi government. “The show was at 11 am in Muzaffarnagar. Political leaders of different parties were present. We were discussing the local issues the area faces. Till the time the BJP members were speaking, everything was going fine. But the moment anybody else, especially from any other political party started speaking, the BJP members would start chanting ‘Modi, Modi’,”said Pratap.
The chant even led to a clash between the members of the BJP and the RLD which turned into physical.
“Whoever was speaking against the government, they (BJP workers) did not let them speak. There were some members of the Bhim Army as well, they didn’t let them speak either,” added Pratap.
— Narendra Pratap ||نریندر پرتاپ (@narendrauptv) March 6, 2019
Twittertti condemned the incident and slammed Yogi Adityanath Government.
Can @myogiadityanath stop this nonsense going on in his state by these saffron goons? First Kashmiris and now a dissenter!!
Muzaffarnagar: Video shows youth being beaten for criticising govt | India News, The Indian Express https://t.co/yuR0PzvY4c via @IndianExpress
— Taniya Dutta (@taniyadutta24) March 7, 2019
This is what happened when a youth confronted govt’s claim over job and education claims.
Mob can be heard calling the youth a terrorist.
This happened In Muzaffarnagar.
Now your of India you know what to do in 2019!
— Deepak singh (@Deepaksmg18121) March 6, 2019
In Muzaffarnagar, BJP workers brutally thrashed a youth who confronted Modi;s claim over job and education! Welcome to New India. Ask questions and get laathis in return. pic.twitter.com/Tnth8KLDui
— Zoni Khan (@zonikhaan) March 7, 2019