Six arrested for tonsuring Nepali-youth

Six arrested for tonsuring Nepali-youth

Varanasi: The police arrested six members of Vishwa Hindu Sena (VHS) for their alleged involvement in tonsuring a Nepali youth. However, the main accused is absconding.

The police increased sections in the FIR including 120B (punishment of criminal conspiracy) 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of IPC and 7 Criminal Law Amendment Act in the FIR. Earlier, the FIR was lodged on Friday against Pathak under sections 505 (2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes), 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class) of IPC and 67 IT Act.

The police claimed that the VHS members paid Rs. 1000 to the Nepali youth identified as Dharmendra Singh for head shaving. The SSP Amit Pathak said that the Nepali youth confessed that he had received Rs. 1000 from VHS.

Six arrested for tonsuring Nepali-youth

The arrested persons were identified as Santosh Pandey who shot the video of head shaving, Ayush alias Ashish Mishra, Raju Yadav, Amit Dubey, Rajesh Rajbhar and Jai Ganesh Sharma who shaved the head of Nepali youth.

According to police, the Nepali youth lives in the government quarter of Jal Sansthan in Bhelupur area. His parents were employed at Jal Sasthan. His brother got the job after the demise of the mother. He has no idea where his ancestors lived in Nepal. During interrogation, he said that Rajesh Rajbhar alias Mahagu and Jai Ganesh Sharma approached him on July 16 and offered him Rs. 1000 for getting his head shaved.

The VHS member had allegedly tonsured him and also forced him to raise slogans against Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli for his recent controversial comments on Lord Ram. The incident took place on the bank of the Ganga in Samneghat area on Thursday.

Arun Pathak had uploaded the video of the incident on his Facebook account. In the video, he could be heard instructing the unidentified Nepalese citizen to raise slogans in favour of Lord Ram and against the Nepal PM. The inscription of Lord Ram was also put on his tonsured head.
The police swung into action after the video of the incident went viral.

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