Police in Haryana have registered an FIR against a group of at least 15 persons who thrashed members of a family in Bhoop Nagar village in Gurugram district over a cricket dispute after barging into their house, reports Hindustan Times. Earlier, a video of the incident was being spread on social media presenting it as an instance of a Muslim family being attacked by a group of Hindus; the police have specifically denied any such communal angle to the incident.
The attackers beat up the victims with rods and sticks after a member of their group was allegedly injured by the members of the family in a scuffle over playing cricket. The goons in the video can be seen taunting the family to go to Pakistan and play cricket.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Sohna, Dinesh Kumar, stated that the incident happened in the evening when one group was playing a game of cricket at a ground in the village, only about 50 metres away from the house.
“Two men from another group came on a motorcycle and expressed their desire to play with them, but their offer was refused. Due to the tension over the refusal to allow them to play cricket, a minor scuffle ensued, in which one person was beaten up and sustained at least 15 stitches. The injured person then contacted his friends and to take revenge for the alleged assault, the suspects attacked the members of the other group, who, by then, had taken refuge in the house,” he said.
A video of the attack was widely circulated on social media with claims that it was footage of a Muslim family being attacked by Hindus. The police have rubbished such claims.
“.....the rumours that it was a communal incident are false,” stated Deputy Commissioner of Police, South Gurugram, Himanshu Garg.
One of the accused has been taken into police custody while the search is on for the others. None of the injuries suffered by the victims was serious and they have all been discharged from the hospital.
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