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Sikh police officer who saved Muslim man from mob is hero on social media in India

  • Published at 05:16 pm May 27th, 2018
Sikh police officer shields Muslim man from lynch-mob in Uttarakhand; hailed on Twitter Twitter

A video shot by a person present on the scene has spread quickly on social media, earning praise for the police officer

A video of a Sikh police officer saving a Muslim man from a mob in Uttarakhand, the northern state of India, has been shared widely on social media. 

According to NDTV, the officer Gagandeep Singh had responded to an alert about trouble brewing in an area near a temple where a group was attacking a Muslim man who was with his Hindu girlfriend.

The incident has been reported from Ramnagar, which is near Jim Corbett National Park - a forested wildlife sanctuary.

In the video, which was shot on Tuesday, the Muslim man surrounded by an angry, shouting crowd, as the police officer keeps him close. When the crowd tries to beat the man, Gagandeep Singh is seen using his body to shield him.

The mob is seen getting bolder and trying to hit the man.  The crowd later chanted slogans against the police.

The clip has drawn numerous reactions on Twitter, with many posts calling the officer a hero.