FARIDABAD: Five Muslim youths from Faridabad were thrashed by cow vigilantes on the outskirts of the national capital Delhi on suspicion of carrying beef in an auto rickshaw.
The incident took place on Friday morning when Azad, auto rickshaw driver along with Sonu, 14 was out to deliver buffalo meat to a shop in Faridabad.
Six men, travelling in a car stopped the auto rickshaw and accused them of transporting beef.
“I told them it wasn’t beef and we could go to the police… but they didn’t listen,” Azad later told NDTV. They took them away to Basadi village a short distance away.
Around 40 cow vigilantes started kicking and beating Azad, somehow he managed to make a call to his home informing the situation. When his brother and other relatives reached, they were beaten up too.
This didn’t end here, Azad was forced to chant “Jai Hanuman”. “I said I will not say. They said “Say Jai Gau Mata”. I refused. They said we are going to feed you pork (that is strictly prohibited in Islam) if you don’t. I told them, do what you want, I will not say”, reported NDTV.
Police has registered a case under Sections 148, 149, 323, 341, and 506 of the Indian Penal Code at Mujessar police station against unknown persons for thrashing the five youths.
On a complaint by Faridabad’s Sanjay Colony resident Bajranji, the five youths too were booked in a cross-case under The Haryana Gauvansh and Gausamvardhan Act of 2015, said police.
The assault comes just a month after the Supreme Court asked states to crack down and take stringent actions against cow vigilantism.
A few days back, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat while addressing on the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh’s foundation day had stressed on a distinction between “pious” gau rakshaks, or cow protectors and criminals.
“People who are criminal and involved in violent activities should be bothered about that (remarks from Supreme Court)”, said Bhagwat.