Gau Rakshaks attack 5 men carrying meat, forced to chant ‘Jai Hanuman’

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A photograph taken on November 5, 2015, shows volunteers of a cow protection vigilante group on a highway in Taranagar in Rajasthan. (AFP file photo)

Five men were assaulted by ‘Gau Rakshaks’ for allegedly carrying beef, police registered case against ‘unknown persons’ beside the victims.
In yet another incident of Hindutva Right Wing extremists group in the name of ‘Cow protection’, a group of 5 men in Faridabad were brutally assaulted on Friday over the suspicion of selling or consuming cow meat.

“We were beaten black and blue and told to raise slogans like ‘gau mata ki jai’ (hail the cow mother) and hanuman ki jai (hail hanuman) —which we refused”, said Azad, who was one of the people attacked. Three of the four victims appeared to be Muslims.

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Azad suffered head injuries, said he and his accomplices buy and sell buffalo in old old Faridabad market daily and denied that they were carrying cow meat. They were assaulted even after the police arrived on the scene.

“We sell buffalo meat in Old Faridabad market and we do this every day,” he said, denying they were carrying cow meat.

The police filed cases against him and other victims as well as “unknown persons” who attacked them . “We have registered a case under sections of Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act Act against Asad, Shehzad, Shakeel and Sonu”, said ACP Mujesar Radhey Shyam. The officer said another FIR has been registered under sections of rioting, causing hurt and criminal intimidation against 15-20 unknown people.

The killing and consumption of cow meat is legally banned in India as the Hindus worship the cow while buffalo meat is allowed. The ban is used by vigilants to particularly target and harass Muslims & Dalits.

Many incidents of attacks by cow vigilants or Gaurakshaks have been reported after the Hindu nationalist party BJP has come to power especially in NorthIndia. Although the PM Narendra Modi has condemned the attacks the gaurakshaks continue to assault anyone over the suspicion of killing and selling of cow meat which most of the times is false.

Sources: Hindustan Times

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