A video of a Muslim BJP leader thrashing a physically challenged man in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal has gone viral on social media platforms. In the photo, BJP leader Mohammad Miya can be seen shoving a cane in the mouth of the disabled man after allegedly passed negative remarks about BJP.
However, unfazed by the physical assault, the man goes on to shout, “vote denge Akhilesh (Yadav) ko. (I will vote for Akhilesh Yadav).”
The video was originally posted by a Times of India journalist Piyush Rai on Twitter. No sooner had teh video been published, social media users began to react angrily. One user Bashir Ahmed wrote, “BJB leaders who are muslims by religion are usually more cruel and atrocious….just my observation.” User Shahid Khan wrote on Facebook, “You are flaunting a cane, the public will show you your place in the next elections,”
Later Miya told news agency ANI that he assaulted the man because he was abusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. He said, “He was abusing Modi ji and Yogi ji (Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath), I tried to first explain things, he was drunk, it was a conspiracy to malign BJP, I was just trying to make him leave the place. I didn’t shove a stick in his mouth.”
According to local police, a case has been registered against Miya. Akhilesh Yadav, who was the chief minister until last year, also shared the video the disabled man being assaulted, on his Twitter page.