NEW DELHI: Four men were brutally assaulted by an unlawful gang of cow vigilantes in Hathras of Uttar Pradesh in the wee hours of Wednesday. They were narrowly saved by the police from another brutal lynching in the name of cow – in this case, buffalo, that too was dead.
As per a report in NDTV, four men – two Muslims and two Hindus – were transporting a dead buffalo in a pick-up van apparently for disposal at the orders of the contractor they worked for. Villagers stopped the van, dragged the men out and brutally thrashed them. In a video of the incident that gone viral on social media, one of the men is pleading with folded hands that they are not cattle thieves and they are taking away the dead cow at the orders of their contractor. The brutal mob is not heeding them and continues assault. A police team reaches the spot and tried to save the men from the crowd. The police had to reason with the crowd for over half an hour and persuaded them to let the law take over.
“Another mobile video in circulation shows a police officer asking the angry villagers to let the police take the men into their custody. The officer stays calm as villagers shout at him. At one point, he asks for the mobile recording to be stopped. The police finally managed to rescue the four men from the mob. They are at a police station around 50 km away. The police say they have called the buffalo owner,” says the report.
This is the latest incident of mob violence in the name of cow.
Only this Friday (22 July), a dairy farmer from Haryana, Akbar Khan (28) was lynched by a mob in Alwar district of Rajasthan when and he and his colleague were bringing two cows and calves.
Last month, one Mohammad Qasim, 45, was lynched in Hapur of Uttar Pradesh on mere suspicion of cow smuggling.
In November last year, another dairy farmer Umar Khan was killed by similar gang in Alwar while transporting cattle. In April that year, Pehlu Khan, 55, was lynched in broad daylight in the same Alwar district. He was transporting cows after purchasing them from government-run cattle market in Jaipur.
Several such lynching incidents have occurred in Jharkhand also. All these four states – Rajasthan, Haryana, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh — are ruled by BJP.