A mob drags four Sikh men out of a Bolero SUV and thrashes them mercilessly. Some villagers watch sullenly, others kick one of the four who has fallen and is lying face down. Next to him, the widely-shared video of the mob violence in Rajasthan's Ajmer last month shows another elderly man groaning as he too appears unable to get up.
The Rajasthan State Minorities Commission has taken note of the horrific video taken on 24 April and sought a report from detailing the sequence of events and the action taken by the Ajmer police.
The 51-second video shows four members of the Sikh community being abused and thrashed by a mob as people witnessing the incident filmed the entire episode.
"The matter has come into my notice. The incident location was unidentified. In fact, I got a vehicle number traced and found that the incident happened somewhere in Ajmer. I have asked the Ajmer police administration to check the matter. A factual report has been sought within 10 days,” chairman of the state minorities commission Jasbir Singh said, adding that after receiving the report, appropriate action will be taken.
"We will be summoning all parties: the district police, the local residents and those who were assaulted, to ascertain the facts. The police have informed us that the incident took place on April 24. The Sikh men were asking for some dhaan (paddy) from locals. They approached a woman and she started feeling drowsy. Thereafter, the local residents accused them of witchcraft and assaulted them.”
But the person who took the video and posted it online may also get into trouble."This should not be seen as a communal incident. It seems one party was aggrieved and so acted the way they did," the minorities commission chairman Jasbir Singh said.
"However, we will not only take action against the perpetrators but also against persons who made these videos and posted them online... leading to tension between communities," Singh, who heads the panel to protect rights of minorities in the state said.
SP Rajendra Singh said, "The matter is over a month old. It took place in the Nasirabad Sadar police station area. No FIR was lodged, but police took appropriate action.”
According to the police, the four men who faced the wrath of the mob were a group of sevadars, or volunteers, from a gurudwara in Alwar's Khairtal locality. They stopped at Rajgarh village on the Ajmer-Nasirabad highway to seek alms for the gurudwara's langar, or free kitchen.
But one of the women in the village felt she had been hypnotised by them.
The villager later took the four to the police and insisted that the police register a case against them.
However, according to police, the Sikh men were not found involved in any kind of molestation and were asked to file a cross FIR against those who thrashed them but apparently did not do so.