Outrage after MP Cops Say They Brutally Beat up a Bearded Lawyer Because They Identified Him as a Muslim


Deepak Bundele

Clarion India

NEW DELHI – Twitter echoed with outrage over Madhya Pradesh cops’ contention that they had brutally beaten up a Hindu lawyer sporting bear because they thought him to be a Muslim.

Deepak Bundele, a diabetic patient with high blood pressure, said that he was thrashed by the police personnel on March 23 while he was on his way to a government hospital for treatment. When the pressure to lodge FIR against the errant cops grew, the police forces told Bundele that they mistook him for a Muslim because of his beard.

Bundele shared a voice record of the police statement. The cops also disclosed that the police support Hindus during communal riots. The cops said all this when they went to the residence of Bundele to record his version of the incident to investigate the matter after the FIR was lodged.

“All those people are ashamed that they did something like this to a Hindu brother without knowing his identity. We do not have any enmity with you. Whenever there is a Hindu-Muslim riot, police always supports the Hindus; even Muslims know this. But whatever happened with you was because of ignorance. For that, I have no words,” a police official was heard saying this in the recording voice.

The communal face of Madhya Pradesh police drew a lot of condemnation on the social media. AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi demanded from MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to take action over this communal biases.

Reacting to the report, Swedish professor Ashok Swain said that in India, being Muslim is enough reason to beaten up by the cops.

In a series of tweets, eminent activist Kavita Krsihnan said that this story shows the institutional communal bias in Indian police. She also lauded the lawyer Bundele to take on the police rather than relying on their majoritarian privilege.


Tagging Union minister Mukhtar Naqvi, journalist Prashant Kanojia asked this is what the heaven he is meant.


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