A Muslim man was allegedly dragged out of a hotel and assaulted for being with a Hindu woman in Barmer district’s Balotra area on Thursday.
“The Muslim man and the Hindu Rajput woman had checked into a hotel in Balotra, but soon after, the woman’s relatives arrived at the hotel and assaulted the man,” Barmer’s Additional Superintendent of Police (ADSP) Kailashdan Ratnoo said.
Mansarover Hotel owner Multan Parihar said, “Padu Khan, about 25, had checked in our hotel along with a middle-aged woman around 10 am. The woman was wearing a traditional Rajasthani attire.
About half-an -hour later, the woman’s relatives somehow came to know that she was here and five persons reached the hotel.”
Parihar said that the men told him they would ‘address’ the issue among themselves. “I then went out, but soon afterwards, my staff informed me about a mob. Men from Shiv Sena had gathered outside and dragged Khan out of the hotel,” Parihar said.
“They were chanting ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and brutally assaulting him.
“We found the man writhing in pain and his clothes torn. We sent him to the Jodhpur government hospital after first aid at Balotara,” said Barmer additional superintendent of police Kailash Dan Ratnu.
Ratnu said the victim was conscious but refused to lodge a complaint. The police have not received a complaint from anyone over the assault.
“While assaulting him, the mob said that it was a case of love-jihad,” Parihar said. ADSP Ratnoo said Khan was taken to a Barmer hospital for primary treatment and then referred to Jodhpur.
“The hotel management also did not lodge any complaint about the incident,” the officer added.
The police are clueless about the identity of the woman. Locals said that her relatives whisked her away before assaulting the man.