Four people have been arrested for beating up  a Muslim man for allegedly carrying beef in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

In spite of Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemning violence in the name of cow protection,   40-year-old Ismail Shah was was beaten up by four men on Wednesday. The attack took place at Bharsingi area of Nagpur.

The victim was beaten up for allegedly carrying mutton in Nagpur

Ismail Shah admitted in hospital said he wasn’t carrying beef but mutton. He told the attackers the he was  carrying mutton for event and this wasn’t his profession.

According to police, Shah was travelling in his two-wheeler when the accused stopped him and alleged that he was carrying beef. In spite of Shah’s repeated denial that the meat was not beef, but they refused to hear him out.

Reports suggest that the four accused belong to the Prahar Sangathana. An officer added that all the accused have been arrested.

“We had received the complaint yesterday (Wednesday). We have arrested four people. We are still investigating the issue,” DCP Shailesh 

The meat was sent to the forensic laboratory for test, added police.

In recent times, the country has witnessed several cases of mob lynching in the name of cow protection.

The most recent death is that of Junaid Khan, a 16-year-old boy, who was stabbed to death on a train in Haryana by a mob in June. Junaid’s alleged killers accused him of being a “beef-eater” and “anti-national” before stabbing him to death.

Prior to Junaid’s murder, Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, was beaten to death by gau rakshaks(cow vigilantes), on suspicion of cow smuggling in April in Rajasthan.

In fact, a campaign, #NotInMyName, was started across the country demanding an end to mob lynching and cow vigilantism.

A video of the incident that went viral on social media, shows the attackers accusing the man of “ killing a cow.”

A man has been attacked by a group of five to eight persons for allegedly carrying beef.

The incident took place in Bharsingi village, which falls under the Jalalkheda Police station limits of Nagpur rural, on Wednesday evening.

“Salim Ismail Sheikh, a resident of Katol town, was returning to his town when five to eight men stopped him at the Bharsingi bus stop and asked him to get off his two-wheeler and show what he was carrying. When he resisted, the men attacked him,” Nagpur rural Superintendent of Police Shailesh Balkawade told The Hindu.

Sheikh suffered injuries on his neck and face and he was admitted to a hospital in Nagpur and discharged on Thursday.

A video of the incident, which went viral on social media, shows the attackers accusing Mr. Sheikh of “ killing a cow.”

“The victim was carrying some kind of meat. He has named four unknown persons. We could establish the identity of four of them from the video clip, which was being circulated on social media, and arrested them late on Wednesday night and in the early hours of Thursday. They are not affiliated to any right-wing organisation. One of the accused is a taluka-level president of Prahar, a socio-political organisation. We are trying to establish whether there are any other angles to the incident,” Mr. Balkawade said.

The ‘meat’ has been seized and sent to a forensic lab in Nagpur to ascertain if it was beef or not. “It cannot be established immediately. A report is awaited. We are also trying to ascertain if it was an attack by cow vigilantes or not. We are not ruling out anything at this moment. The accused are yet to be investigated thoroughly to ascertain their motive. We are neither confirming nor denying it . The victim and accused do not have any criminal background. Neither did they know each other,” he added.


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