A video is being widely circulated on social media where a police officer is seen harassing a Sikh man in Madhya Pradesh, India. The police officer can be seen dragging a Sikh man by his hair in the video.
The video is from Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh. The man has been identified as Prem Singh. He is caretaker of a gurudwara and reader of Guru Granth Sahib.
In the video, Prem Singh is screaming “these people are beating us, killing us. Police are grabbing hair and dragging us and not letting us set up stalls”. The victim is pleading to the crowd to save him. The police, however, can be seen shoving another Sikh man who tried to intervene.
Former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and Congress leader Kamal Nath tweeted the video of the incident. He wrote- “Prem Singh Granthi from Palsud, Barwani, Madhya Pradesh, who has been living his life by setting up a small shop near a police post for years. The police beat him inhumanly, took off his turban, pulled his hair on the road. “
He continued in the next tweet, “This is hooliganism, and this atrocity is also an insult to the sacred religious traditions of Sikhism. Such incidents cannot be tolerated. I demand from the government that strict action should be taken against the culprits immediately. The victim should get justice.
” Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said that the police officers involved had been suspended with immediate effect. He added an inquiry would be initiated by the Indore Deputy Inspector General of Police.