A member of the right-wing group Bajrang Dal was attacked in the Madhya Pradesh town of Agar, allegedly making statements in support of the BJP’s Nupur Sharma, whose comments on the Prophet Mohammad caused a great controversy. A case was registered against 13 men after his friend filed a complaint. Two of them were arrested.
Ayush Jadam said he was riding his motorbike down Ujjain Road when he was stopped by 10 or 12 men who attacked him in full view.
Men on “seven or eight motorbikes stopped me and asked if I was Ayush Jadam,” said the man who was hospitalized after suffering a head injury.
“When I confirmed, they attacked me with sharp weapons, including knives and swords. They said I would be beheaded for supporting Nupur Sharma,” he added.
Rakesh Sagar, district police chief, said: “Dense police deployment has been carried out in Agar town to prevent any problem of law and order.
Last month, two men were murdered – one in Rajasthan and the other in Maharashtra – for social media posts in support of Nupur Sharma.
Umesh Kolhe, owner of the Amit medical shop in Amrawati of Maharashtra, was the first to be killed in connection with the Prophet’s controversy on June 21. His throat was slit – like that of Kanhaiya Lal, a tailor from Udaipur.
Lal was killed a week later by two men who came to his store posing as customers.
Many people who have posted messages of support for Nupur Sharma have received threats online. In Amravati, at least 10 people have received threats.