Couple Beaten Up in UP's Baghpat by VHP Workers Alleging Love Jihad
The couple was attacked by VHP workers when they were sitting in a lawyers’ chamber in Baghpat Tehsil court to get married.
Lucknow: Three youngsters from Punjab were beaten up by Vishwa Hindi Parishad (VHP) workers in front of police in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat district.
The victims had reached Tehsil court to get married but as soon as the right-wing outfit came to know this, they reached the spot and roughed up the youngsters.
The police reached the spot and took the victims away to the police station, but the assault did not stop even while they were being taken away. Later, Hindu Yuva Vahini workers also joined their VHP counterparts and started protesting outside the police station.
The couple from Punjab reached Baghpat Tehsil court along with groom’s cousins to get married. The couple, along with others, were sitting in a lawyers’ chamber when VHP workers stormed inside and questioning their purpose of visit.
On learning that the girl and the boy belonged to different religions, the right-wing workers started roughing up the couple and created a ruckus before being joined by Hindu Yuva Vahini members.
Police reached the spot soon after and took the victims away, but the agitated VHP members continued their assault on the victims, in presence of the police.
According to the police, the three youths had been absconding from Punjab for four days and an FIR was lodged in this regard in Barnala.
Speaking on the issue, Baghpat Superintendent of Police Jaiprakash Singh said that it was too early to say if this was a matter of ‘love jihad’. “Investigations are underway and it is not right to link everything to 'love jihad',” he said.
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