Haryana: Two Men Beaten up by Cow Vigilantes over Suspicion of transporting cow meat

A group of people claiming to be ‘gau rakshaks’ allegedly thrashed two men from Palwal and Nuh of Haryana on Tuesday morning suspecting them of transporting beef and then handed them over to the police.

The incident took place around 6 am near Islampur village, which falls between Nuh-Mewat to Gurgaon.  The two youths have been identified as Shathil Ahmed from Palwal and Taid from Nuh.

According to the police, an FIR was registered against the two men, who are being treated for their injuries at the Civil Hospital. The FIR was registered at Sadar police station under relevant sections of the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act, 2015.

Kavita Katariya, a resident of Sector 9, who claimed herself as a “gau rakshak”,  states, “Today, I was with my fellow gau rakshaks. in the gaushala. Around 5.30 am, I received anonymous information that cow meat is being brought in some pick-up trucks from the Nuh side, which will go to Delhi,” The Indian Express reported.

Kavita also said that she had set up a watch near the Islampur village with others. Then at around 6 a.m., they saw a jeep approaching from a distance. “When we stood on the road and stopped them, four traders got out from the jeeps and started running. We saw the jeeps and found meat inside… Others also gathered. My gau rakshaks, along with the pedestrians, followed two of the men and caught them. The public became restless and started beating up the two men. I immediately called up police, who came there,” the Indian Express quoted Kavita as saying.

“Both men sustained minor injuries and have been admitted for treatment at the Civil Hospital. They have been identified as Shathil Ahmed from Palwal and Taid from Nuh. They will be arrested after they are discharged from the hospital. The meat that was found in the vehicles has been sent to a laboratory for testing. The statements of the two men are yet to be recorded. The matter is under investigation,” said Subhash Boken, PRO, Gurgaon Police.

Meanwhile, the Haryana government on Tuesday approved the addition of stricter provisions to the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act, 2015, authorising the police to seize a vehicle involved in the transportation of animals for slaughtering and search the premises used for such a purpose. The new bill will be called the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan (Amendment) Bill, 2019. According to media reports, the proposed amendment will introduce the word ‘beef’ in Section 16 (1) (a) of the Act to ensure that perpetrators of cow slaughter do not get away.

Surprisingly, police booked the two men who were found suspicious of transporting cow meat, they have not filed any FIR against those who thrashed them in the name of cow vigilantism.

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