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Police sources claim that the victim was thrashed over suspicion of theft, not his religion.

Several viral videos emerged from Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district showing a man being thrashed by a group of people over allegations of theft.
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Several viral videos emerged from Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, 6 August, showing a Dalit man being assaulted by a group of people allegedly over suspicion of theft.

The man being thrashed has been identified as one Aditya Rokde and the incident is said to have happened on 3 August near Nimrani area of Khargone.

A case under Indian Penal Code sections of punishment for criminal intimidation, wrongful confinement, and sections of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 has been registered after the incident came to light.
Talking to media, Dharmveer Singh Yadav, Superintendent of Police (SP), Khargone district said that the police got the information about the incident on 6 August and subsequently a case was registered.

“We were informed that a person (Aditya Rokde) was thrashed by some people in Nimrani village. We tracked his family down and a case has been registered against the accused.”
Dharmveer Singh Yadav, Khargone SP

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