The Ghaziabad Police arrested six men for allegedly thrashing a jaggery seller of animal cruelty for selling his wares on a horse cart.
A purported video of the incident shared on social media shows a group of persons, holding sticks, attacking the jaggery seller. When others tried to intervene, they attacked them as well.
The jaggery seller has been identified as Dilshad (25), a resident of Noorganj in Ghaziabad.
The police have identified the accused as Anupam Kaushik, Aashish Kaushik, Pravesh Kaushik, Sonu Kumar, Titu and Ashutosh Kumar, residents of Ghookna in Ghaziabad.
The police stated that the incident took place around 10.30 am in Ghookna market. A group of 10-12 people who had hockey sticks and iron rods started abusing hima dn thrashed his severely.
The jagger seller has been selling jaggery in the area for around 8 years and travels around 15 km daily to sell it. The accused claimed to be from a religious group and accused him for perpetrating cruelty on his horse.
The police have booked the accused under IPC sections 147, 148 (both related to rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), 352 (assault or criminal force) and 307 (attempt to murder).