Two men were stripped and thrashed with rods and sticks by an alleged mob of gau rakshaks in outer Delhi on Wednesday on the suspicion of cow slaughter.
A madrasa teacher, Hafiz Abdul Khalid, 25, and a tempo driver, Ali Hassan, 35, were attacked by a mob of about 25 people in Kanjhawala area while they were on their way to dispose of entrails and carcasses of buffaloes that were sacrificed on Eid-al-Adha and for which they had permission from local authorities, Asian Age reports.
According to India Today, the two men, accompanied by a 14-year-old boy, were waylaid near Mundka Road by two vehicles around 7:30 p.m. The minor managed to flee from the scene and informed locals about the incident, who in turn approached the police. The two men have sustained multiple injuries and are currently recuperating in a private hospital.
Family members of the victims said they were carrying the remains of the buffaloes that were sacrificed on behalf of over 100 people. Hundreds of residents had contributed money for the sacrifice of 18 buffaloes at the local madrasa, Hindustan Times reports.
It’s a common practice on Eid for people to contribute money to offer sacrifices to god. Madrasas are often the venue for the sacrifice of buffaloes since it requires space and the religious schools get donations for it. The general secretary of the madrasa, Qari Mohamma Lukman said in his complaint, “The unidentified men were armed with rod and sticks and opened attack on them. They were pulled out of the car and were brutally beaten up.”
The victims were taken to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital from where they were moved to a private hospital in outer Delhi.
A case has been registered under section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) of the Indian Penal Code against four men identified as Naveen, Raju, Devesh and Abhishek.
DCP Vikramjit Singh said locals gathered on being informed that animal meat was being carried in the tempo. “They asked them to stop and explain the meat, which triggered a fight. Other locals also joined in and thrashed them. We have booked all of them for attempt to murder and are on lookout for others.”