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Tufan Sekh

Muslim man tied to pole, beaten by Hindu extremists on Eid

In West Bengal’s Birbhum, a 19-year-old Muslim man, Tufan Sekh was brutally assaulted by a Hindu extremist mob, tied to a pole, and beaten with bamboo sticks on the day of Eid. Sekh was falsely accused of throwing a packet of meat in front of a Hindu temple. 

According to the victim’s brother, Sekh was on his way to a relative’s house to distribute the sacrificial meat, when one of the meat packets dropped out on the road. 

“My brother made a U-turn to retrieve it and was immediately surrounded by local residents. They accused him of deliberately throwing it in front of the Hindu temple to hurt their sentiments. This accusation makes no sense; if it had been his intention, he wouldn’t have returned to search the missing packet,” he said.

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