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On CCTV, Brutally beaten on suspicion of being Muslim, senior citizen dies in MP’s Neemuch

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Bhopal: A horrific attack caught on camera, in which a 65-year-old man was brutally thrashed on suspicion of being a Muslim. In a viral video a man asks her if her “name is Mohammad” and repeatedly assaulting him as he struggled to answer.

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The case has been registered in Neemuch district. The attacker seen in the video has been identified as Dinesh Kushwaha and named the main accused. Kushwaha is the husband of a former BJP councilor.

Victim later identified as Bhanwar Lal Jain, a resident of Sirsi, Tehsil Javra, District Ratlam, was beaten to death on suspicion of being a Muslim, Dinesh Kushwaha, husband of former councilor BJP leader, has been made the main accused in the incident. And a case has been registered under IPC section 302 and other sections. Man went missing on May 15 after a visit to a religious event in Rajasthan.

Following a missing complaint, police put out an alert with his photographs. His body was found on a roadside in Neemuch district yesterday. It was handed over to his family and they performed last rites.

The family then came to know of the video. The video shows Mr Jain sitting on a bench as Kushwaha towers over him. “What’s your name? Mohammed?” he asks the elderly man and slaps him across the face. “Tell your name properly, show your Aadhaar card,” he adds.

The elderly man, visibly petrified, offers money. This infuriates the attacker and he slaps the senior citizen non-stop on his head and ears. The 65-year-old appears to be struggling to understand the situation he is in. He lifts his shirt and a hidden pocket can be seen. He again tries to offer the attacker money as the latter keeps slapping him hard.

After the horrifying video emerged, family members of Jain reached the police station and demanded Kushwaha’s immediate arrest.

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KL Dangi, in-charge of the police station where the FIR was filed, said the video was probably shot on Thursday.

State Home Minister Narottam Mishra said a case has been registered under sections of murder and death by negligence.

The Opposition has slammed the ruling BJP after the video surfaced. Congress MLA Jitu Patwari accused the BJP of “lighting a furnace of hate”.

Senior party leader Digvijaya Singh said a case has been filed but it remains to be seen if action will follow.

State BJP secretary Rajneesh Agrawal said, “The incident is unfortunate. An accused is an accused and it has nothing to do with party politics. None of the people involved in such an act will be spared by the state government.”

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