Haryana: 5 people beaten up on suspicion of carrying beef in Faridabad
In yet another shocking case of cow vigilantism, five people were beaten up in Haryana's Faridabad by cow vigilantes on suspicion of carrying beef.
An auto rickshaw driver and its passengers were the victims. The auto driver was brutally thrashed wen he refused to chant 'Bharat mata ki jai' and 'Jai Hanuman' as directed by the cow vigilantes.
Interestingly, the victims claimed that they were beaten up in front of some policemen and the Haryana police was eager to find out if the meat carried by them was beef or not.
Haryana BJP leader Raman Malik reacted to this incident and told CNN-News18, "First of all, as the prime minister himself has said, there has been a rise in events like these, which are not done by people who are actual gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) but by people who are gundas (goons) parading as gau rakshaks."
A June 2017 report by Indiaspend had revealed that 97 percent of violence related to cows since 2010 had taken place after the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014.
The Haryana Police reportedly booked the victim for allegedly smuggling beef, but a case against the self-styled cow vigilantes was yet to be filed.
Registered FIR under Cow Smuggling Act. Will also register FIR on victims complaint; investigation underway, will get meat tested : DCP pic.twitter.com/CdJRGyJQcu— ANI (@ANI) October 14, 2017
The police were reportedly investigating whether the meat with the victims was beef and were awaiting a formal complaint from them.