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Sikh man beaten up and dragged by hair in Madhya Pradesh

India’s Covid-19 lockdown is bringing out the worst in the police force amidst all the stress. Another bloodcurdling and brutal act by the police department has surfaced on the internet where a Gurudwara Granthi, identified as Prem Singh Chawla is assaulted and dragged by his hair in the Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh, desecrating religious sentiments of the Sikh community. This action occurred in full public view on the main road of the town. The same video also shows another police officer push behind a Sikh man who comes to save Prem Singh. Further, Chawla is seen shouting the Sikh religion slogan -- Wahe Guruji Ka Khalsa, Wahe Guruji ki Fateh -- along with the appeal to save him from the assaulting cops.

Prem Singh Chawla identified himself after the incident, “I run a lock and keys shop and am also a Granthi at local Gurudwara in Pulsood town.

Three cops, including female officer Kavita Kanesh, ASI Sitaram Bhatnagar and head constable Mohan Kamre came to my shop and asked me to remove the shop or else pay them money. I was unable to pay as I had only Rs 200 to pay them. They assaulted me and desecrated my turban, pulled me by my hair and beat me up when I resisted being lugged into their vehicle," alleged Prem Singh.

The incident has triggered a political controversy by the opposition against the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP MP government. Also, the matter has been raised by the president of BJP's ally Shiromani Akali Dal, Sukhbir Singh Badal. "Too shocking for words! The barbaric and humiliating attack on Giani Prem Singh Granthi and other Sikhs in Madhya Pradesh is utterly inhuman and unacceptable. I urge CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan to set an example of punitive action against those who treat the sword of the nation with such contempt," tweeted Sukhbir Badal.

In response, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that police officers responsible for this violent act have been suspended with immediate effect for assaulting the men. He also added that an inquiry will be initiated by the Indore Deputy Inspector General of Police.“I am pained to learn about the barbaric incident of Barwani,” he tweeted. “Such barbarism and erratic behaviour won’t be tolerated at any cost. The guilty will be punished for the misdeeds.” We’re waiting for further updates and actions against the cops.

Reporter : Jaya Anisika S

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