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Published: Mon, October 16, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

5 youths thrashed for carrying 'cow meat', 15 booked by Haryana Police

5 youths thrashed for carrying 'cow meat', 15 booked by Haryana Police

Under Haryana 2015 law against cow smuggling, transporting cow meat is crime.

An official USA report on worldwide religious freedom released in August stated that was an increase in violent incidents by cow protection groups mostly against Muslims in India in the year 2016. The worse factor is that Haryana Police booked the victims for allegedly carrying beef instead of holding the culprits accountable.

In yet another incident of hooliganism by cow vigilantees, five people were assaulted by self-styled gau rakshaks in Faridabad on suspicion of carrying beef. Meanwhile, the police have sent sample of meat recovered for forensic examination to Hisar. The driver was also told to chant "Bharat mata ki jai" and "Jai Hanuman". When the driver refused, he was brutally thrashed.

The shocking incident comes a month after the Supreme Court delivered a sharp message to states on cracking down on cow vigilantism.

Confirming this, Haryana DGP B S Sandhu said, "Even if it was cow meat, the attackers had no right to assault the youths". He said, "It is reprehensible that some people have been killed allegedly by gaurakshaks".

After a week's silence following Junaid's murder, Modi had said that "killing in the name of cow worship is not acceptable" while stressing the need for cow protection in non-violent ways.

As reports of similar incidents from other states piled up, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his union ministers issued strong statements against cow vigilantism. "Many Muslims have sacrificed their lives in gauraksha - protection of the cow just as people of Bajrang Dal have".

'We initially filed an FIR, but later withdrew it after we found out that they were not carrying beef, ' said Vinod Kumar, SHO, Mujeser police station.

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