Cow vigilantes strike again, beat up Muslim man in Nagpur for ‘carrying beef’; 4 arrested
A 36 year old Muslim man was hospitalized with serious injuries after being attacked in a village in Maharashtra Wednesday night apparently by self-protective cow protectors who accused him of using beef.
Police arrested four Nagpur men for the attack in the town of Jalalkheda, the latest in a series of violent incidents involving groups of vigilant cows.
“We have arrested all four of the defendants and that it would occur before the court custody,” Jakalkheda, Police Commissioner Vijay Tiwari said Thursday.
The four are members of Prahar Sanghatana, which is described as a social and cultural body. Sanghatana run by Bacchu Kadu, an independent member in Amravati.
According to reports, Ismail Shah was removed from his two-wheeled vehicle by four men who accused him of using beef. Shah went on to tell them it was goat meat and meat but no men would not listen.
Police identified suspected assailants as Ashwin Uike, Janardan Chowdhury, Rameshwar Tayde and Moreshwar Tandulkar.
A young man from Delhi was stabbed in a train last month after a dispute, when some of the public accused him and his brothers of being “meat eaters.”
The assassination sparked a national protest, forcing Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that “killing people on behalf of cow protection is not acceptable.”
There has been an increase in violent incidents among the multitude in favor of the cow, considered sacred by many Hindus. Killing cows and smuggling are banned in most United States. The states dominated by the BJP, which includes Maharashtra, were subjected to severe punishment for these crimes.
To curb vacheurs’ watchers, the Maharashtra government is considering providing beef detection kits to police the meat on-site.