Sikh police officer saves Muslim man from mob

Gagandeep Singh shot to fame after a video of him saving a Muslim man from a Hindu mob went viral on social media last w...

An Indian police officer hailed as a hero for protecting a Muslim man from a mob has said he has received abusive messages on social media.

Gagandeep Singh, an officer in the northern state of Uttarakhand, shot to fame after a video of him saving a Muslim man from a Hindu mob went viral on social media last week.

The man was visiting a temple with his Hindu girlfriend.

The mob surrounded the man and tried to attack, accusing him of "love jihad".

The term has been popularised by radical Hindu fringe groups who accuse Muslim men of participating in a conspiracy to turn Hindu women from their religion by seducing them.

When the video was first shared online, many called Mr Singh a "role model" for all Indians, and his story was carried in many mainstream Indian publications.

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