“He was beaten up by local residents"
A police case is underway after a 24-year-old Indian man was assaulted on June 12, 2020.
The victim, who is originally from Assam, lived in Surat, Gujarat. Three locals beat him and forced him out of his home as they suspected that he had Coronavirus.
Following the attack, he was hospitalised. He is now in a stable condition. Meanwhile, police registered a case and an investigation is underway.
According to the police, Sanjay Sharma moved to Surat a few years ago and worked at a catering firm.
Due to the ongoing pandemic and lockdown, he has been out of work for three months. As a result, Sanjay was unable to pay the rent for his residence in the Pandesara area.
Four days before the assault, he moved into a rented room in Patelnagar where his friends were staying.
A day after moving into the room, some of the locals asked Sanjay’s friends not to allow him to stay as they suspected that he may have Coronavirus.
On the night of June 12, three young men told Sanjay to leave the room.
However, the calm confrontation quickly turned into a heated argument, with the men demanding that Sanjay leave. The three men then grabbed wooden sticks from their home and began beating the Indian man.
After Sanjay’s friends intervened, the attack stopped and the three perpetrators fled the scene.
Prior to leaving, they threatened Sanjay, telling him to vacate the property as soon as possible.
Police Inspector MV Patel said:
“He was beaten up by local residents, who also made allegations that Govalaknagar in Pandesara where Sharma was staying had Covid-19 cases.
“We are trying to identify the accused and will arrest them.”
Following the attack, Sanjay’s friends rushed him to a private hospital. He was transferred to Surat Municipal Institute of Medical Education and Research (SMIMER) hospital where he received treatment.
Inspector Patel said:
“The injured youth had fractures on his hands and legs and his condition is reported to be stable.”
Meanwhile, the victim’s friends filed a complaint at Udhna Police Station. They explained that Sanjay was beaten and forced to leave the house over suspicions that he had Covid-19.
Police registered a case and identified the suspects as Deepu, Nepali and Bunty.
Officers are currently working to locate and arrest the three attackers who remain on the run.