Congress worker Manoj Dubey attacked, killed in Ghatkopar over ‘political’ Facebook post

Congress worker Manoj Dubey attacked, killed in Ghatkopar over 'political' Facebook post
Dubey was allegedly attacked near Asalpha Metro Station in Ghatkopar last night

The debate over a Facebook post took a violent turn after a group of men killed a Congress worker in Mumbai’s Ghatkopar area on Sunday night.

According to preliminary information, an objectionable Facebook post criticising Congress MLA Naseem Khan sparked a debate between Congress and BJP workers online.

Congress worker Manoj Dubey and a few others were among those who came out in defence of the MLA.

The online debate took a heated turn recently, following which a group of BJP workers allegedly attacked Dubey around midnight near Asalpha Metro Station in Ghatkopar. The assailants were armed with swords and knives.

Dubey was critically injured in the attack and subsequently rushed to nearby Rajawadi Hospital for treatment, where doctors declared him dead.

“He (Manoj Dubey) shared a post on Facebook that Congress will form govt in 2019 on which BJP and Bajrang Dal workers posted rude comments. The altercation led to a fight with swords in which he was killed,” a relative of the deceased told ANI.

Sakinaka police have reportedly arrested BJP Yuva Morcha workers Sunil Dubey, Umesh Singh and Akash Sharma in connection with the crime. Further investigation in the case is currently underway.

With assembly elections due next year, the incident is expected to spark a fierce political debate between two of the biggest parties in the country.

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