Majority of violent incidents including lynching over cow or beef in the last four years have occurred in BJP-ruled Jharkhand.
RANCHI: Alleging consumption of beef (cow meat) at a wedding reception, a mob of hundreds of people attacked a locality of a particular community in Koderma district of Jharkhand on Tuesday. The mob brutally assaulted several people, including the father of the groom, barged into dozens of houses and ransacked them. The attack took place in the presence of a police team that had already reached the village to probe the beef consumption charge. At least half a dozen attackers were caught red-hand by the police.
On Monday, there was a wedding reception in the Nawadih village under Domchanch Police station in the Koderma district. Tuesday morning, some villagers reportedly found bones and remains of the banned meat in the field behind the house of a villager identified as Israel Ansari. A team of the local police reached the village and began investigation. But even as the police was carrying probe, says a report in a local Hindi daily Prabhat Khabar, a mob of hundreds of people emerged and began ransacking the houses of a particular community.
The mob barged into 30 houses and ransacked them. They destroyed 17 bikes, one Bolero, one car and two tempos. Besides, a religious place was also attacked and some religious books were burnt.
They brutally assaulted some people – two of the injured have been identified as Israel Ansari and Jumman Miyan. Israel Ansari received serious injuries and has been referred to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi.
To control the mob, the police had to resort to lathi-charge. The police have arrested seven people for ransacking the houses and destroying the properties. To maintain law and order, Section 144 has been imposed in the area.
District Magistrate Bhuvanesh Pratap Singh and Superintendent of Police Shivani Tiwari visited the affected area and met the victim families.
“We have arrested seven persons in this connection. The situation is under control now,” Koderma SP Shivani Tiwari was quoted as saying by the PTI news agency. She informed that adequate forces have been deployed in and around the village to maintain law and order.
Asked if banned meat was served at the wedding reception, the SP said, “We have sent the hooves for forensic test and can confirm only after receiving a report.”
In the last four years, dozens of incidents of cow lynching have taken place, mostly in the BJP-ruled states including Haryana, Rajasthan, Assam and Jharkhand.
Several such incidents took place in Jharkhand alone.
In June 2017, meat trader Alimuddin Ansari was lynched by a brutal gang of Gau Rakshaks in Ramgarh district of the state. Last month, a fast-track court awarded life sentence to all 11 accused, including a district-level BJP leader.
In April 2016, two Muslims including a minor boy of 12 years were brutally killed and their bodies were hanged to a tree by Gau Rakshaks in the Latehar district. There were at least three eyewitnesses and chilling post-mortem reports, yet the police allegedly weakened the case and consequently, all the 8 persons made accused of murder of Mazloom Ansari and Imtiaz Ansari were released on bail, leave aside conviction and punishment.