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Maharashtra: Beaten, forced to wave saffron, cop says his force let him down

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Sheikh said the attack began at 8.30 am on February 20, when over 100 youth assembled outside the police chowky, after he and Awaskar had stopped a group of 25 from hoisting the saffron flag the previous night.
Written by Rashmi Rajput
Mumbai
Updated: Feb 23, 2016, 22:48
INDIA
being paraded with the saffron flag; admitted to a hospital in Latur, Maharashtra.
Yunus Sheikh, the Assistant Sub-Inspector who was assaulted, forced to carry a “saffron flag” and paraded through a town in Maharashtra’s Latur by members of a fringe right-wing group, has said that he was let down by his own colleagues who failed to save him.
The 50-year-old’s family has demanded a departmental probe into why reinforcements from Renapur police station failed to arrive in time to tackle the mob at Pangaon, around 15 km away, on Saturday. Sheikh, who is posted at the Renapur station, was on duty at Pangaon chowky.
Police on Sunday arrested 16 youths, including a minor, for assaulting Sheikh and forcing him to chant ‘Jai Bhawani, Jai Shivaji’ after he and K Awaskar, a head constable, tried to prevent them from hoisting the flag near Ambedkar Chowk, officially labelled as a “sensitive area”, to mark Shivaji Jayanti.
On Monday, speaking to The Indian Express from his bed at the Latur Civil Hospital, Sheikh said, “I phoned the control room and appraised them about the situation. Using my mobile, I called the in-charge of the Renapur station on his cellphone. But still, they failed to send reinforcements in time. The policemen reached Pangaon by 10.10 am. By then, the mob had assaulted me brutally and humiliated me by parading me.”

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80 year old christian man beaten at Rai Barellii,UP

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Astor Santosh Kumar Shivpuri, 80 years old, got severely beaten at Rai Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh today. He is currently unconscious and taken to kanpur by his family. 7 other people have also been seriously injured including a brother called Rampal in whose house prayer was going on. When the police saw that pastor Shivpuri was critical they left him with his family and went away. More details soon. Please keep praying.

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Rising violence against Christians in Uttar Pradesh ahead of state elections

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Rising violence against Christians in Uttar Pradesh ahead of state elections

Nirmala Carvalho

The state’s legislative assembly is set for renewal next year. For the Global Council of Indian Christians, acts of violence and incidents of discrimination against the Christian minority have reached a crescendo. A pastor and two worshipers have been arrested in Noida. The pastor of the Mission India Church was held for hours without charges along with 20 other religious leaders in Robertsganj.

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Uttar Pradesh, Christian's head shaved and publically humiliated over alleged forced conversions

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Uttar Pradesh, Christian's head shaved and publically humiliated over alleged forced conversions

Nirmala Carvalho

The man was taken forcefully by a mob of 200 Hindu extremists. He is accused of having lured three men under the pretext of attending a meditation session. Police opened three cases, one against the Christian and two against extremists. Christian leader. "The accusations do not hold up. No sensible person would ever do what they say. Christians always respect the laws ".

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