In a shocking incident that took place in Bengaluru, a Dutch YouTuber was harassed near the Chickpet market area by a local shopkeeper on Sunday. The incident was caught on camera when the YouTuber, Pedro Mota was shooting a live video for his YouTube channel named Madly Rover.
In the latest update to the incident, the Bengaluru City Police swiftly took action after the video of the altercation went viral. The shopkeeper who heckled and manhandled the Dutch national was held on Monday afternoon. Police also assured that strict action will be taken against him.
Local activist Brinda Adige had condemned the incident earlier. "This is completely unacceptable. Police must take action against whoever was involved," she said.
Pedro uploaded the video on his YouTube channel and captioned the video following his horrific experience as, "Foreigner traveling in India experiences the thieves market in Bangalore, also known as the Sunday market or chor bazaar. But exploring the area started out on the wrong foot as an angry man attacked me by grabbing and twisting my hand and arm, lunging after me as I tried to escape. After I had some street food, met great local Indian people and haggled for a new buttoned shirt."
Video Shows Unruly Behaviour Of The Shopkeeper
In the video posted on YouTube by Pedro Mota, one can see him walking in the market area. Soon he came across a man who appeared to be a Muslim shopkeeper in the market. As soon as the shopkeeper saw that Pedro was recording a video around, he caught hold of his hand and questioned about his act of recording.
Lucky Escape For The YouTuber
Pedro then greeted the shopkeeper saying Namaskar, trying to let go off his hold simultaneously. When he kept saying him Namaskar, the shopkeeper retorted what Namaskar? He then tried to push the YouTuber and seemed to launch an assault on him by trying to snatch his camera. Luckily, he managed to release himself from the clutches of the shopkeeper and ran away from the scene.
Bengaluru Police Reacts After Video Goes Viral
As soon as the incident took place, clips from the YouTube video showing the harassment on the Dutch national surfaced on the internet. Taking cognisance of a complaint by a fellow Twitter user, Bengaluru Police confirmed that necessary action will be taken in the matter.
"We have informed to concerned Police Station to take necessary action in this regard," said Bengaluru City Police in a tweet.