Sanitation workers attacked with axe in MP, filmed on camera

An accused said he indulged in violence as he was told namaazees were being hounded by government workers

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One of the workers sustained severe injuries and was hospitalised, said police | Photo: Screengrab

Madhya Pradesh police have arrested four persons for allegedly attacking two sanitation workers with an axe in a minority-dominate area of Dewas district’s Khategaon town on Friday (April 17). News reports suggest the incident was recorded on camera.

Protesting against the attack, several sanitation workers struck work in Muslim-dominated areas of Khategaon on Saturday, said a senior police officer.

Rural area additional superintendent of police (ASP) Neeraj Chourasia said that Aadil Khan, a resident of Koyla Mohalla, allegedly attacked the two sanitation workers with an axe when they were cleaning the locality on Friday.

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One of the workers sustained severe injuries and was admitted to a hospital, the officer said. “I am heading to Khategaon to hold talks with a few sanitation workers (who have struck work) to ally their fears,” he told news agency PTI.

Aadil, his father Habib and cleric Gop Khan, who allegedly instigated the attack, were arrested on Friday, while Aadil’s brother Arif was nabbed on Saturday, said Chourasia.

During interrogation, Aadil claimed he indulged in violence as Gop Khan had told them that since the lockdown, namaazees and followers of the Tablighi Jamaat were being hounded by government workers, the ASP said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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