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Meat Seller Thrashed by UP Police for 'Cow Slaughter' Dies in AIIMS

Two constables suspended. Incident follows another mob-lynching death in Hapur last week.

Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh): A local meat seller who was allegedly beaten up by the Uttar Pradesh police over allegations of cow slaughter has died in a Delhi hospital.

Salim Qureshi alias Munna was picked up by two police constables on June 14 from his home and taken to a private wedding hall where they beat him up severely, his wife Farzana has alleged in a complaint lodged with the police.

He died on Friday at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), she said.

Qureshi, who ran a small meat shop in Baradari area, was summoned by Kankartola police post in-charge Ali Mian Zaidi at the behest of local corporator’s husband Anjum Khan, Farzana alleged.

The family admitted Qureshi in a local hospital from where he was referred to Delhi, she said.

The local people staged a protest on Friday evening, placing the body on the road.

Acting Senior Superintendent of Police Kamlesh Bahadur said the two constables, Shripal and Harishankar, and Kankartola post in-charge Ali Mian Zaidi have been placed under suspension.

The police have also lodged an FIR against the two constables and two others, including Anjum Khan, who tipped them while alleging cow slaughter.

The incident comes close on the heels of another mob lynching death UP’s  Hapur, where 45-year-old Qasim was lynched to death by self-styled gau rakshaks or the cow vigilantes on rumours of cow slaughter.

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