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Seven detained for beating youths in Chhota Udepur over religion-related Facebook post – Reuters

Through PTI

CHHOTA UDEPUR: Seven people were arrested in Gujarat’s Chhota Udepur district on Monday after a clash between members of two different communities over a Facebook post similar to one shared by a youth who was shot dead for the act on January 25 in Ahmedabad, police said.

The incident happened near Ramji Temple here on Sunday evening and a video that went viral during the day showed people beating a youth.

The youth had uploaded a Facebook post that some members of the Muslim community deemed objectionable, after which they filed a complaint a few days ago, Chhota Udepur Police Superintendent Dharmendra Sharma said.

“We then coerced the youth into deleting the objectionable post, which was in the form of a video. Although the post was deleted, a mob of 30 men from a minority community attacked the youth near his home on Sunday Of the 20 named in the FIR, we arrested seven today,” Sharma said.

An FIR was also filed against two people for allegedly posting the objectionable video, which was similar to one shared by Kishan Boliya in Dhandhuka, the SP said.

Boliya, who shared a post on January 6, was shot dead in the Dhandhuka neighborhood of Ahmedabad on January 25 by two men on motorbikes, following which four people, including two Muslim clerics, were arrested.