‘They Targeted Me As I Support Modi’: Mob Robs Small Shopkeeper Shyam, Then Sets Shop AblazeDelhi shopkeeper Shyam (BBC Hindi video Screengrab)

A small shopkeeper identified as Shyam who lost his livelihood due to a rioting mob in Delhi’s Bhajanpur has alleged that he was targeted as he is a supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In a video report by BBC News Hindi, an inconsolable Shyam can be seen sobbing after his shop was first robbed by the rioters and then set it ablaze.

Amid his tears, Shyam said that seeing the rioters he fled along with his child.

Main Modi Modi karta hoon isliye mujhe target pe le liya (they targeted me because I am a Modi supporter)“, says Shyam.

Shaym added that he is a humble shopkeeper who rents the place to earn his livelihood. In the same breath he hailed his landlord who has excused him from paying rent for almost a year.

His wife claimed that the rioters were breaking shutters of every shop in the lane and they decided to flee via the back door.

The items stolen included all the essential groceries, shop’s items on sale and six cylinders. The rioters also made away with Rs 20,000 in cash. His wife has alleged that people in their vicinity were responsible for the robbery and arson.


An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber