In a video that has gone viral on social media, cops in Jodhpur can be seen throwing a man down on the ground and pressing their knees against his neck. Reportedly, the cops got into a heated confrontation with the man who was roaming the streets without a mask following which they pinned him down. The video is now reminding the internet of George Floyd's death in the US.
However, unlike the unfortunate incident in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the cops in Jodhpur reportedly acted after the person, who is said to be specially abled, turned violent after being confronted by the police.
George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after being arrested by the police outside a shop in Minneapolis in the US on May 25. Footage showed a white officer, Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes while he was pinned to the floor. He was pronounced dead later in the hospital, triggering widespread protests across the US.
However, in the Jodhpur incident, the man, identifed as Mukesh Kumar Prajapat, did not die but reacted aggressively when the police confronted him.
Jodhpur police officers confirmed that the video was shot in the city on Thursday after the police wanted to issue a challan against the man for roaming on the streets without wearing a mask before he started getting violent.
The video shows a cop pressing his neck with his knee while two other cops held the young man's legs. A huge crowd gathered when the scuffle broke out.
Meanwhile, the SHO of Dev Nagar police station, Somkaran, said that the police were issuing a challan to Prajapat when he attacked them and tore their uniform. An FIR has been lodged against Prajapat on a complaint lodged by the Pratap Nagar police station. He will be produced in the court later in the day.
Prajapat is said to be unstable and had damaged his father's eye earlier for which a case was registered against him, the poice said. Action is being initiated against Prajapat under the Epidemic Act, they added.
The video has also gone viral on social media:
What led to a #GeorgeFloyd moment in Jodhpur?Man stopped by police for not using mask attacks cops. Police hits back & presses knee on his throat, man breaks free & hits police again All this as they wait for thana jeep to take away arrested man. @fpjindia @PoliceRajasthan pic.twitter.com/ROZyvETayt— Sangeeta Pranvendra (@sangpran) June 5, 2020
A similar incident of George Floyd in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.Though Alive, a Mask less Police beats up a Man because he was MASKLESS.Is it a REVENGE or in interest of PUBLIC..??Shameful.— Dr Y.Shrikanth (@Yadavallishrik1) June 5, 2020
(With inputs from IANS)