Delhi violence took a communal turn when a 51-year-old man, Vinod Kumar, was killed by a mob on the night of 24 February in Brahampuri area of north-east Delhi.
When Vinod Kumar took his 25-year-old son Nitin Kumar to a medical store on a motorcycle, a mob attacked the duo with stones and lathis. While the son fainted and had sustained heavy injuries. The mob also set the motorcycle on fire.
Nitin says he sees no other reason for the unprovoked attack other than the ‘Jai Shri Ram’ sticker on the front side of his motorcycle. Two mobile-shot videos of the incident have been widely circulated on messaging platforms and social media.
In one video, three men are seen dragging the limp body of Vinod away from the spot where the bike is burning.
A few metres away, a crowd was chanting slogans of ‘Allahu Akbar’ and ‘Naara-e-Takbeer’. The video shows a limp Vinod is lying on the road while Nitin, who is heavily bleeding on the head, is walking around asking for help.
The person shooting the video, who is not visible, is saying, “Dekhiye, Muslimo ka ye haal, Hinduon ka kar diya jeena behaal. Ek laash bheji gayi hai Musalmano ki taraf se hamare Hindu bhai ki. Bhahampuri gali number ek mein. Le jao laash, aisi laashein uthengi poori raat, aisa sandesh diya hai…[See what Muslims have done, they have made it difficult for Hindus to live. A dead body of our Hindu brother has been sent by the Muslims.