Bihar: Muslim Men Thrashed by Cow Vigilantes for ‘Consuming Beef’, Police Files FIR Against Victims

A mob beat a group of seven Muslim men in Dumra village after rumours spread that they had killed and eaten a cow.

The mob gathered in Dumra. Courtesy: Jagaran

The mob gathered in Dumra. Courtesy: Jagaran

New Delhi: Seven Muslim men were beaten in Dumra in Bihar’s West Champaran district on Thursday (August 17) over rumours that they were eating beef.

Mohammad Shahabuddin, a resident of Dumra village who the mob accused of killing cattle and eating beef, was surrounded in his house by a mob of people shouting ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’. The mob, including members of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad then beat him with sticks, the New Indian Express reported. The 50 or so attackers alleged that Shahabuddin had killed a cow the night before and him and his neighbours were eating the meat. His neighbours were also brought to his house, locked in a room with him and beaten, the newspaper reported.

When a police van arrived at the scene, according to Dainik Jagaran, the attackers threw stones at it and told the police that the Muslim men should be left with the mob to face “justice”. Photos published by the Hindi daily show a mob holding long wooden sticks.

The police team managed to stop the mob, New Indian Express reported. However, like in many cases of vigilantism based on beef rumours, action was taken not against the mob of attackers but those being attacked. Kudus Qureshi, the husband of the local village head who had apparently come to try and stop the attack, Nasruddin Mian, Mustafa Mian, Jehangir Mian, Aslam Ansari, Bablu Mian and Rizwan Mian were arrested and later named in an FIR. Four of them were injured in the mob attack and had to be treated at a local hospital.

“Seven people have been arrested on charge of deliberately hurting the  religious sentiments of the local majority community. We are conducting investigation into the matter,” Rajesh Jha, SHO of the Chanpatia police station, told the newspaper. He said that no complaint had been received against those who attacked the Muslim men.

This is the second recent case of beef-related vigilantism in Bihar. On August 3, a gau raksha vigilante group intercepted a truck carrying meat and beat up three Muslim men. Vigilante violence across India has been on the rise, with numerous cases of lynchings coming to light. The map below highlights the lynchings documented between September 2015 to July 2017.

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  • S.N.Iyer

    Where is the State GOvt now run by Nitish and BJP ! Does Nitish support such violence. And to top it all the police arrest the victims while the perpetrators of violence go scot free. NITISH. please wake up and at according to law and not succumb to the HIndu RSS and BJP whom you have begun to love!! Modi in Independence day speech have listed this as his biggest failure in law and order and his otherwise strong appeal against such acts are not taken heed!! Add the 60 children dead in UP and the AIR refusing to allow the CM in Tripura to deliver his speech on ïndependence day””. What is our country coming to with Modi listing by his so called successes with false figures. No law, no freedom of speech, or life for small defenceless children, no peace but only “winning State elections” by questionable means. And courting corruption in T&N with the party with corrupt practices just to win some seats.Amit Shah touring the country to find out where else he can use the huge funds of his party to win seats. The only institution this Govt has seemingly not invaded is the judiciary as even the te army is no disenchanted with the OROP.

  • kujur bachchan

    It is not even a month since the BJP joined the state government, and the zombies are out on the streets of Bihar spreading terror. Have these lathi wielding Gau Rakhshaks gathered at Dumra (shown in the picture) been imparted lynching skill under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana? Deplorable state of affairs. One can only pity these misguided youth whose very future is being sacrificed at the alter of a megalomaniac.