A Kargil War veteran was beaten by police in Kolkata, West Bengal causing outrage in the Sikh community.
Balwinder Singh was beaten by the police and his turban was knocked down. The incident occurred during a BJP rally and he was manhandled by the police. The West Bengal police said the turban was not knocked down but it fell off.
The police say the man was holding a pistol, the pistol was reported to be licensed. The man is being held in police custody for 8 days.
It is unknown whether the man was actually waving a pistol but police state that being the reason for his detainment.
Manjinder Singh Sirsa held a press conference in Kolkata on the issue:
Manjinder Sirsa met with the Governor of West Bengal and tweeted:
Thanking Governor H.E. Jagdeep Dhankhar Ji for giving us time and understanding the Sikh sentiments. Dhankhar Ji Regretted the inhuman treatment meted out to Balwinder Singh He expressed his respect for the most loyal community of India, Sikhs, assuring us that he has talked to CM Mamata Banerjee for 20 minutes today and has clearly told the CM not to justify this incident or cover it up anyhow. He also said that the tweet done by home ministry of West Bengal state is equally shameful.”
This is the video of the beating that went viral on social media:
A Sikh man took to social media to protest the incident: