’11 arrested on the basis of video footage’
Udaipur : A transgender was badly beaten up by a mob in Savina Krishi Mandi area on saturday morning after the people mistook him as a child lifter. Police rushed to the spot and rescued the transgender who was later taken to hospital. This is the third similar incident in a month and it all started with rumours spread on social media that members of a child lifter gang are on the prowl. Tension ran high in the area as locals thrashed the transgender badly hurling abuses. They even protested against the police which came to rescue the victim, accusing them of saving kidnapper.
The cops had to exercise slight force to disperse the crowd. The cops sought video clips of the episode and detained many persons for violence. “We have registered a case at Hiran Magri police station and arrested 11 accused involved in the case as per video footage details. A fake news is being circulated on the social media etc regarding child abduction gangs. The fake news is creating confusion and fear amongst the public. We request the citizens not to pay attention to such fake news” Kailash Chandra Bishnoi, the superintendent of police said.
The transgender Basanti told the police that their group had come from Banswara here. He went to Krishi Mandi area for some work where few nomadic people settled near Savina railway line created a rumour that he was trying to kidnap a child. People mistook him for being a child picker and instead of calling the police at once, they took laws I’m their hands and became aggressive. Basanti said people were not convinced as he tried to prove his innocence and without any consideration, thrashed him brutally.
Some jeered and videographed the incident while no one came to help. Police seized mobiles from some of the people from crowd and identified few who were involved in the attack. While traders termed the police action as unfair for arresting people, on the other hand police officials said that people are reacting to fake social media forwards and attacking innocent persons who have no connection with child abducting gangs.