Remark row: Nagpur cops averted attack on a youth much before Amravati, Udaipur incidents

One of the many messages which went viral on social media groups in Nagpur

Nagpur: The loose tongue has not only set the entire country on fire, but is also responsible for the unfortunate incidents in Udaipur and Amravati, said a bench of Supreme Court while showing no mercy on Nupur Sharma over remark row. However, much before the Udaipur and Amravati incidents, the alert Nagpur police averted a certain attack on a youth last month for the similar reason. But the social media post by the 22-year old youth forced his family to leave Nagpur city in a hurry a fortnight ago, after they started receiving threats from another community, according to a report in a local daily.

It seemed everything settled ‘peacefully’ when the family of the youth had deleted the objectionable post supporting Nupur Sharma, and he had also apologised repeatedly. However, the situation changed awfully after the other community posted a picture of him with a cross across it and abusive language inscribed on it, threatening dire consequences.

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According to the report, the family, despite the strong police action, are still panicky and left their son somewhere else when returning to the city after spending around two weeks away, to let matters settle down. But for the family, which runs a business, the situation is not the same. They have been avoiding unnecessary venturing out of their home.

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The macabre incidents in Amravati and Udaipur have left them scared. The cops, not taking any chances, have posted armed police at their house. Senior Nandanvan police officials have also shared their mobile numbers with the family members for emergencies. Apart from the Commissioner of Police Amitesh Kumar, the security of the family is now being monitored by Zonal DCP Noorul Hasan and Addl CP Navinchandra Reddy, the report said.

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The youth is the fourth person to be saved from the wrath of another community, who have started violently reacting to any slur on their religion or its head, apart from carrying out nationwide campaigns against such activities vowing bloodshed.

While talking to Soumitra Bose of Times of India, the family said, their movement has become restricted. They move out only when necessary, said the elder brother of the youth. After the recent incidents (Amravati and Udaipur), they are scared, he said. “We had initially taken away my younger brother’s cell phone for quite a long time after the incident. Today, we are unable to bring him back to the city,” said the elder brother, highlighting the panic and insecurity in their minds.

Objectionable chats and posts hurting sentiments of another community had earlier landed three youngsters from Kamptee in trouble. Cops had to toil hard to shield the youngsters and also bring the situation under control.

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