Written byShalini Ojha ·
Despite, SC's order and assurance from the government, nothing seems to have changed on the ground as last month, one Hindu shopkeeper was lynched in Mathura.
If the incident wasn't unfortunate enough, the stoic silence makes it sadder.
When did we become so cold?
The incident happened on May 18 and an investigation by Swarajya brought concerning details to attention.
On the fateful day, two brothers Pankaj Yadav (20) and Bharat Yadav (26) opened their shop Nattho Yadav Lassiwale, located in the congested Chowk Bazaar.
The shop is decades old and is run by three members of the family, Munna being the third and eldest one.
According to Pankaj, at around 8:30 PM a group of 8-10 men accompanied by two women came to the shop.
Since there was a usual rush, Pankaj asked the group to wait. The group then started taunting the brothers and asked if they had mehendi on their hands.
Finally, the brothers gave them lassi and the group got into a spat over the payment.
An eyewitness, who owns a kachori shop next to the brothers, said one of the women claimed they had five glasses of lassi. But the brothers insisted they served nine.
The burqa-clad woman then accused the brothers of being high on bhaang, and latter accused her of being drunk.
The woman left furiously but not before threatening to teach the brothers "a lesson"
"God knows what all she told the men in her area upon her return. A mob soon arrived and beat Bharat mercilessly. They dragged him out of the shop and beat him up in the street," said Ram Singh, who runs the kachori shop.
According to Pankaj's complaint, the mob also stole Rs. 15,000- Rs. 20,000 from the cash counter.
Pankaj claimed two brothers Haneef and Shahrukh were responsible for the loot. He said he would recognize the other men if they are produced before him.
After filing the FIR, the brothers went to a local hospital. Though they were discharged, Bharat wasn't completely fine.
In the days following the incident, Bharat complained of headache and weakness. As his condition deteriorated he was taken to a hospital in Agra. He died later.
The autopsy report said Bharat died due to head injuries that damaged his nerve. He is survived by his wife and a minor daughter.
The mob, which reportedly shouted 'kaafir kaafir', destroyed a family.
Some locals also claimed that the woman, who instigated the spat, told the mob that the brothers molested her. But Pankaj said this wasn't the case.
The brothers folded their hands and asked the group to leave but in vain. They kept flaunting how the woman would get bail easily.
According to an eyewitness, the mob said, "[We] weren't scared of Yogi-Modi."
On May 26, a day after Bharat died, the market went somber. Shopkeepers staged a protest and accused laxity on police's part.
They said police officials posted on 24-hour duty were nowhere to be seen on day of incident. They also alleged officers released two men, named in FIR, hours after arrest.
Facing ire, police promised that action would be taken against the culprits.
Till June 2, police had arrested seven people but traders called the arrests "fake". They claimed wrong men were put behind bars.
"It was a dispute between two groups. Only those who were involved should be arrested," said local Mansoor Ali.
Meanwhile, Pappu said his family wants justice and not compensation. Mathura BJP MLA Shrikant Sharma met the family and assured action.
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