Tikamgarh, June 25: A 30-year-old was allegedly beaten up by village sarpanch, Hemant Kurmi for riding a motorcycle past his house in Dharampur village. A video purportedly showing the incident has also gone viral on social media. The victim, Dayaram Ahirwar, in his complaint alleged that on June 21, the village sarpanch, Hemant Kurmi, his brothers and one of their neighbours beat him up severely after objecting to his riding a motorcycle in front of their house, Deri police post’s assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Ramsewak Jha told PTI. Also Read - Love Jihad Will Not Be Allowed In Madhya Pradesh At Any Cost, Says CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan | WATCH
The police last night arrested the sarpanch and four others in connection with the incident which occurred last week, Jha added. Ahirwar also stated that the accused told him that he should not have driven through the road in front of their house. Instead, he should have dragged the motorcycle without riding on it. Also Read - Labrador to Undergo DNA Test to Settle Ownership Dispute in Madhya Pradesh's Hoshangabad
After beating the victim, the accused warned him not to repeat his action in future, the complainant told the police. Two days after the incident, a video clip of the incident went viral on social media in which Hemant Kurmi was purportedly seen abusing and beating the victim along with the other accused.
Based on the victim’s complaint, the police arrested Hemant Kurmi, his brothers Vinod Kurmi, Munnu Kurmi and Aniruddh Kurmi, and their neighbour Dinesh Yadav, Jha said.
The accused were booked under relevant sections of the Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 341, 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 294 (abuse in public) and 506 (criminal intimidation), he said.
(With agency inputs)