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Chemist attacked for ‘anti-national’ post

GREATER NOIDA: Around 60 residents of a Greater Noida village flocked to the medical store of a pharmacist and allegedly heckled him after he wrote a submit on Facebook that was construed as “anti-national” in nature.

The submit, submit on February 7, was removed later. He was arrested on Monday morning following a grievance by a villager of Ghodi Becheda and later released. Police have also booked the mob that flocked to his store for rioting. Sources said the same pharmacist have been targeted in 2015 and 2016 for putting up arguable posts on the Kumbh Mela and the caste device.

Around 8am on Monday, a bunch of villagers gathered close to the medical store of the accused and allegedly heckled him over the arguable submit of February 7. Police had been knowledgeable by a couple of neighbours when the argument snowballed into a clash.

“We received details about the mob round 8.30am by an area villager who dialed 100. A police staff was straight away despatched to the spot and the man was rescued and delivered to the police station. As of now, both parties are trading allegations in opposition to each different and the subject seems suspicious. So, we have now booked all of them below sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly accountable of offence), 323 (voluntarily inflicting harm), 307 (try to homicide), 153A (selling disharmony on grounds of religion), 504 (intentional insult with intent to impress breach of peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) at the side of Section 7 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act of the IPC,” said Avneesh Kumar, circle officer (Dadri).

“We are wondering both parties as it seems that the incident is a part of a conspiracy aimed at aggravating peace in the area,” Kumar added.

The guy accused of uploading the arguable submit is a pharmacist who manages his own medical store and lives with his parents, spouse and two kids in the village.

Pankaj Rawal, who lodged a grievance in opposition to the pharmacist, said the people had no purpose of attacking him and had gone to his store to request him to take away the Facebook submit. “He refused to do it and as an alternative, challenged us to take felony action in opposition to him,” said Rawal.

The guy’s circle of relatives accused the mob of malafide intentions. “My brother was hired at probably the most protesters’ medical store and left the activity final year to run his own store, I suspect he was attacked over enmity,” his brother said.

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