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INDORE: A 25-year-old bangle seller from Uttar Pradesh was beaten up by a group of people in Indore on Sunday evening, apparently because he used a fake name while selling his goods to women. The video of the beating went viral on social media, triggering a sequence of events that led to a late-night protest at a police station, the arrest of the suspected attackers and a notice to the Indore collector from National Commission for Minorities (NCM).
As Monday dawned, another FIR was registered against 28 of the protesters, and in the evening, the bangle seller was charged under Pocso Act for allegedly making indecent advances at a schoolgirl on Sunday. He was yet to be arrested till Monday night.
Home minister Narottam Mishra described the incident as a “dispute between two communities”. “The youth has been doing business under a Hindu name though he belongs to a different community. He was selling bangles to womenfolk, which caused the incident,” Mishra said, tweeting that action had been taken “against both sides”.
The bangle seller is also accused of forging identification documents. Two Aadhaar cards were found with him, said Mishra. Police said he had three ID cards in the name of Tasleem, Asleem and Bhura. Indore collector Manish Singh said that the Social Democratic Party of India and Popular Front of India were involved in instigating the protest at a police station. Three of those booked for the protest were PFI members, said police.
NCM sent a notice to Singh, seeking a report on action taken against the attackers and what the administration plans to do to prevent such incidents. “This is one of several such incidents of communal assault in the district and the commission strongly feels that the district administration is not appropriately handling such incidents,” the commission said. The collector said these are “localised incidents” and the administration will not spare anyone trying to disrupt social harmony.
The bangle seller was accosted by a mob and beaten when he was peddling his wares on Sunday afternoon. He claims that the attack-ers took away all his bangles and money. At night, protesters gheraoed Banganga police station, apparently prompted by a statement that no case had been registered against the attackers.

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