Biswanath, April 8, 2019
In an incident in Assam’s Biswanath Chariali, a 68-year-old man, who was thrashed by an angry mob for allegedly carrying beef, was stopped from offering namaz and forced to eat pork. As per information, the incident, which took place four days ago, came to light after the video went viral on social media.
The victim – Shaukat Ali, who is undergoing treatment in Biswanath Civil Hospital till the report is being filed, told TIME8 that he was thrashed black and blue in the Biswanath Chariali market and was forced to eat pork. “I was badly beaten by the mob for keeping beef in my hotel. I was even stopped from offering namaz and forced to eat pork. I am doing this business for the last 40 years,” Ali said.
While describing the whole incident, Ali said, “Two to three boys came to my hotel in the morning and asked that if I kept beef in the hotel. I replied yes. Later, the mahaldar asked me not to sell beef and continue my hotel in the area.”
“At around 3 pm, some youth came to my hotel and destroyed the properties and took away the gas cylinder. They did not stop beating me even when the officer-in-charge tried to stop them,” Ali said.
A case (No. 80/ 2019) unders sections 143, 341, 325, 294(a), 295-A, 153- A(b) and 384 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered at the Biswanath Police Station.
However, police have not detained anyone in the matter till the report is being filed.
Cow vigilantism in past five years
Cow vigilantism has become a key point of debate in the last five years under the Bharatiya Janata Party’s rule in the country. The last tenure of the Modi government has seen a spate of mob attacks across India.
Since the BJP formed the government in 2014, a total of 122 incidents of cow-related violence took place in India till 2019. According to indiaspend.com (a data journalism site), 86 per cent of those people died in cow-related violence since 2010 are Muslim and 97 per cent of the attacks took place after 2014.
5 recent cow lynching incidents
January 31, 2019: Karnataka — Bajrang Dal Men Attack Elderly Muslim Women Over Beef.
January 19, 2019: Haryana — Man Transporting Buffalo Is Tied To Pole, Beaten By Mob, Then Chained By Police.
December 29, 2018: Bihar — Man, 55, Beaten To Death By Mob Over Alleged Cattle Theft In Bihar’s Araria.
December 3, 2018: Uttar Pradesh — Violence in Bulandshahr over cow slaughter, two killed.
November 17, 2018: Gujarat — Cow vigilantes in Gujarat stop truck carrying buffalo calves, stab one person.