Mumbai: A creative director of a production house identified as Barun Kashyap was allegedly harassed by a vigilante group in Mumbai over a leather bag, which they thought is made of cow skin.
While recounting the scary experience, Kashyap in his Facebook post mentioned, "I was travelling by an auto-rickshaw in Amboli when the driver after looking at my bag asked whether it was made of cow skin, to which I replied by saying that it's made of camel skin and I got it from pushkar fair."
"The auto driver peered at me curiously... He asked me in English where I was from and I replied Assam... after a while, he asked if the state was located near Bangladesh. After I said yes, the auto driver started to drive," he said.
"The answer didn't satisfy him. As the traffic light turned green, the auto moved forward and so did his remarks on how because of people like me cow slaughter is encouraged. I asked him to mind his own business and drive me to the destination. To my horror he stopped the auto near a small temple on the way to my office. Before I could say anything, I see the driver signaling at three men sitting in front of the temple smoking. Three men with red Tilak mark worn on the forehead approach the auto and start conversing in marathi which I could not decipher," his post reads.
"When I protested, the three men asked me to step out of the auto which I refused. When I was busy protesting, one of the guys came to the other side of auto and started checking my bag. One of the guys then asked me my name...''Barun'' I replied. What's your full name was the next question... ''Barun Kashyap Bhuyan''," he added.
"The guy looked at the other two and said something in marathi out of which I could only understand the word '' Brahmin''. Maybe hearing Kashyap, they thought I am a Brahmin. They left the site after bidding farewell to the auto driver, the fellow cow protector. At the next signal I got off from the auto, noted the auto number and asked for his phone number which he proudly gave to me saying - aaj toh bach gaye," Kashyap said.
Kashyap went to Amboli the police station to lodge a complaint against the driver. "There was no offence to lodge an FIR. We have just registered a non cognizable offence report. Investigation is on," police sources said.