الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

India man saves shopkeeper from sword attack

Video footage has emerged of an Indian man fighting a sword-wielding attacker to save the life of a shopkeeper.

The incident happened on Tuesday night, when the attacker charged at Rajnish Thakur in his shop in Mumbai’s Chembur neighbourhood.

Naseeruddin Mansuri, who was a customer in the shop, has been hailed a hero for rushing to defend Mr Thakur.

But Mr Mansuri told BBC Hindi that he now fears for his life.

He has asked journalists not to take photos of him.

“I have a wife and children. If some criminal recognises me from photo and comes after me, who will protect me? Please don’t create any trouble for me,” he pleaded.

Speaking about the incident, Mr Mansuri told the BBC: “For a moment, I couldn’t understand what was happening. But then I managed to stop the attacker and also started shouting so more people gathered.”

Mr Mansuri said he did not feel any fear. “At that time I had to just save this man… How could I watch someone being beaten up?”

After the video was shown on Indian television channels and posted online, Mr Mansuri was hailed as a hero on social media.

But, he says he has received threats and is worried about his family and has not left home since after the incident.

Police have arrested the attacker and named him as Akram Sheikh.

Reports say Mr Thakur was attacked because he has been actively campaigning against extortion by the underworld.

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