Five Muslim youths from Faridabad district of Haryana were thrashed by cow vigilantes who thought that the former were carrying beef in Mujessar area. Following this, members of both the groups were booked in different cases, according to police.
The five- Isaan Mohammad, Shahzad, Shakeel, Sonu, and Azaad Mohammad- were accused of carrying beef in an autorickshaw. All of them belong to three different villages in Faridabad district. On Saturday, police registered a case under Sections 148, 149, 323, 341, and 506 of the Indian Penal Code at Mujessar police station against 15-20 unidentified persons. Incidentally, according to a report by the Times of India, the five victims were also booked in a cross-case under the Haryana Gauvansh and Gausamvardhan Act of 2015.
Meanwhile, a senior police officer said, "A laboratory test has since established that the seized meat was of buffalo and not cow or its progeny. After the report, 15-20 unknown persons were booked under the IPC."
Registered FIR under Cow Smuggling Act. Will also register FIR on victims complaint; investigation underway, will get meat tested : DCP pic.twitter.com/CdJRGyJQcu— ANI (@ANI) October 14, 2017
Arrests are yet to be made.
In the year 2016, the Haryana Government had entrusted IPS officer Bharti Arora to check the increasing number of cow smuggling and slaughter in the state and launched a 24-hour helpline number- 8284030455- to report such incidents. Last year itself, the state government enacted the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act- which invokes imprisonment of up to 10 years for cow slaughter.
In the year 2016, close to 85 cases were registered under the Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act 1955.