Ahead of Bakrid, One More Victim of Cow Vigilantism as Cops Watch

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A screengrab from a video clip of the assault by cow vigilantes in Gurugram. —  Twitter

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NEW DELHI — An unarmed man, identified as Lukman, was pulled out from a vehicle and brutally assaulted on suspicion of smuggling of cow meat or beef in Haryana’s Gurugram city, 30 km from New Delhi, by some cow vigilantes on Friday morning, just a day before Eid Al Adha (Bakrid), reports NDTV.

A video making rounds on the social media shows a man being beaten savagely with impunity. Surprisingly, dozens of people as well as policemen remain mere spectators.

In the name of the investigation, the police gave priority for sending meat to a lab for testing that makes a mockery of the law and order. However, one of the assailants, Pradeep Yadav, has been arrested after he was identified from the video recorded by one of the witnesses.

Reportedly, Lukman was escorted to Gurugram’s Badshahpur village in a pick-up truck and was thrashed again.

The police stepped in and stopped them, only to find the assailants fearless enough to even take on the uniformed men, according to the report.

A complaint has been filed against “unidentified individuals” while Lukman was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The owner of the vehicle carrying meat told the media that the meat was of buffalo and he has been in the business for 50 years.

The police have refrained from giving any statement to the media regarding the incident and the role of police as seen in the video.

Every now and then Muslim men are being beaten by cow vigilantes, the self proclaimed protectors of the animal considered sacred in Hinduism. On mere suspicion of smuggling of cow meat, a number of lynchings have happened in the country since the Dadri (Uttar Pradesh) incident in 2015. The incidents shoot up around Eid Al Adha.

The ban on cow slaughter in some states on the basis of the faith prevailing in Hinduism has encouraged the rise of the several vigilante groups who take law into their hands. In the name of protecting cows, these groups target people from the Muslim community and try to set a so-called ‘example’ for others. However, in most of the cases, the victim has been found to be innocent.

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