New Delhi: An arrest has been made in Gurgaon’s mob attack case, a day after some 20-25 men barged into a two-storey house of a Muslim family in Dhamaspur village, armed with rods, sticks and swords to ‘teach them a lesson’.

The mob of unruly men attacked a Muslim family on the eve of Holi, over an alleged minor tiff that ensued after the accused earlier that day threatened some boys against playing cricket near their lane, accompanied by a ‘go back to Pakistan’ jibe.

The boys got into an altercation with the men and then ran back home. In some time, a mob turned up at their doorstep, demanding the men come out or they’ll ‘kill everyone’.

A video that went viral on the internet showed the mob armed with bhalas (spears), lathis (sticks) and even talwars (sword)- brutally thrashing a man till he bled profusely from his head.

An arrest has been made in the case and the police has filed charges under IPC sections 148 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 307 (attempt to murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 452 (house trespass), and 506 (criminal intimidation). However, some reports suggest that six men have been arrested so far. Meanwhile, a Haryana Police Gurugram bus has been stationed outside the house of the victim family.

Himanshu Garg, DCP south Gurugram made an appeal and said, “We are constantly in touch with the victims, we have enhanced the police presence in the area; there is no need to fear. I would like to make an appeal to the people living in that area to live peacefully and maintain harmony.”

Speaking to news agency ANI, Samira, one of the family members narrated:

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today took to Twitter and lambasted the Modi government for emboldening such belligerent, communal elements.

 

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also tweeted:

All those injured in the attack were taken to Delhi AIIMS and have been discharged. The victim family alleges that the police reached an hour after the mob had left.