Seoni: Two men and a woman were allegedly thrashed by self-proclaimed gau rakshaks over the suspicion of transporting beef. The victims were also forced to say slogans of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ by the accused.
According to India Today reports, the incident took place in in Madhya Pradesh’s Seoni on Saturday 25th May. The accused intercepted an auto rickshaw in which Muslim couple and one other youth were travelling after they suspected that the couple on board was carrying beef.
A video that has gone viral showed the group of five ‘gau rakshaks’ descending the victims with sticks and allegedly forced one of the victims to slap his wife accompanying them with his slippers. In the video, the accused held the youths to a tree one by one and thrashing them up mercilessly as the onlookers stood by.
The victims identified as Taufik, Anjum Shama and Dilip Malviya were booked them under the Anti-cow Slaughter Act and were sent to judicial custody for allegedly carrying 140 kg red meat.
FIR has also been registered against the five people under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and all the accused have been arrested after a video went viral on May 24.
One of the accused Shubham Singh is associate to organisation called Shri Ram Sena. He is close to Malegoan blast accused and newly-elected MP Pragya Thakur. In Singh’s Facebook profile, he is seen standing beside Thakur.
Omar Abdullah, Asaduddin Owaisi, Mehbooba Mufti condemn
Reacting on the incident, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted, “This is how Muslims are treated by vigilantes created by Modi voters.”
— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) May 24, 2019
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah also tweeted, quoting a poem by Mir Taqi Mir, “It’s only the beginning of love, why do you cry? Wait and see what happens next.”
Ibtedaae ishq hai rota hai kya
Aage Aage dekhiye hota hai kya. https://t.co/HRjrZp66K7
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 25, 2019
The All India Mahila Congress also tweeted, “This is how cow vigilantes are celebrating Vijayi Bharat in Seoni, MP. Muslim man being beaten on suspect of carrying beef and then his wife is thrashed to say Jai Shree Ram. Extremely sad.”
This is how cow vigilantes are celebrating Vijayi Bharat in Seoni, MP. Muslim man being beaten on suspect of carrying beef and then his wife is thrashed to say Jai Shree Ram.
Extremely sad. pic.twitter.com/uzixWnht8W
— All India Mahila Congress (@MahilaCongress) May 25, 2019