First attack over meat in Bihar: 3 held, beaten up

Speaking about the incident, Bihar Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras said, “We are getting the Bhojpur matter probed by the district administration."

Written by Santosh Singh | Patna | Updated: August 4, 2017 5:36 am
bihar, bihar meat assault, cow vigilantism, gau rakshaks, india news, indian express news The truck, which was intercepted near Shahpur, has been seized and meat samples sent for laboratory tests, said police. (Source: Google Maps)

In the first case of cow vigilantism in Bihar, a week after the JD(U) tied up with the BJP to form the state government, three men were allegedly beaten by local residents in Bhojpur Thursday on suspicion that they were transporting prohibited meat in a truck. The truck, which was intercepted near Shahpur, has been seized and meat samples sent for laboratory tests, said police. Police suspect that the truck, which was bound for West Bengal, was carrying buffalo meat.

Cow and buffalo slaughter is banned in the state, according to The Bihar Preservation and Improvement of Animals Act, 1955. Police have arrested the three who were assaulted and identified them as Sarfuddin Khan and Ajmulllah Khan from Bikramganj and Gulam Khan of Hariharganj in Rohtas district. However, those who intercepted the truck are yet to be identified, said police.

“We have arrested the three and conducted a raid at one location in Ranisagar based on the information they provided, located a slaughterhouse and sealed it. The three have been booked under provisions of the 1955 Act. Similar incidents were reported from Shahpur in 2009 and 2014,” said Daya Shanker, Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Jagdishpur. ”Only the driver suffered a minor injury. Local youths beat up the driver, and there was no law-and-order problem as such. We promptly intervened and seized the truck, and sent the meat sample for laboratory tests,” he said.

Speaking about the incident, Bihar Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Department Minister Pashupati Kumar Paras said, “We are getting the Bhojpur matter probed by the district administration. We have asked for all the details”. Asked if the BJP joining the government could have provoked the attack, the LJP leader said: “One must not look at such things through the BJP-LJP prism. It is a law-and-order issue”.

Residents of Shahpur said the incident took place at around 6 am when the truck left from Ranisagar, a Muslim-dominated locality. The truck was intercepted by a group of men at Shahpur Chowk, who assaulted the three men inside, including the driver, who said they were carrying buffalo meat to West Bengal, said residents. The Ranisagar area has no legal slaughterhouse, said police.

Following the incident, local residents staged a protest and created roadblocks to protest the “police’s inaction and inability to check beef trade in the area”. The protest was called off after police assured action on the issue. The 1955 Act prohibits the slaughter of cows, calves, buffalo, bulls and bullock unless permitted by authorities — such permission is granted only for bulls or buffaloes that are over 25 years old and cannot breed. The Act also prohibits the export of cows, buffaloes, calves and bulls from Bihar. Shahpur police station in-charge Bipin Kumar said that local residents had previously complained about cases of prohibited meat being transported from the area.

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  1. R
    Aug 4, 2017 at 8:51 pm
    BJP is just using its black money power to instigate these gau-rakshaks. BJP has so much black money that it can purchase MLAs in Gujrat, Goa, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur etc.
    1. M
      Madarchod Mohammad
      Aug 4, 2017 at 6:52 pm
      Just kill the driver and burn down the truck. Lets see how many of them transport beef.
      1. J
        Aug 4, 2017 at 4:20 pm
        Ok, samples have been sent for verification, that will take a few days. What will happen to the truck load of beef till the case is settled this way or that. Will it be preserved in the govt cold storage with utmost care and handed over to the owner if proved legal beef, or will it be conficated and destroyed like contraband, or if the case prolongs too much and not settled will they release the beef after charging some penalty to the owner, or will they distribute it among the poor so that they can have atleast one full meal. Or will it just rot and go down the drain. Who will compensate the victims????
        1. K
          Kamal Pasha
          Aug 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm
          India is marching forward under Modi Raj.
          1. C
            chanakya Raina
            Aug 4, 2017 at 3:36 pm
            we need follow examples of Afghanistan, Bangladesh,pakistannsyria,Iraq and become like them
          2. H
            Hanikarak Politics
            Aug 4, 2017 at 10:24 am
            Chief minister Nitish Kumar, before he tied up with the BJP, had said in June that gau rakshaks should first take care of cattle, else all their work would be useless. Now Nitish is in hiding.
            1. B
              Aug 4, 2017 at 9:38 am
              Indian should concentrate on india. Muslim world is bleeding for their ignorance and so any division in society means destruction of nation. The ideal leader of any country shall ensure friendship and brotherhood among its citizen for peace and progress. Hatred for polarising votes is an act of criminal activity against humanity. Hindus are 100 crores with 99 in military forces and all other jobs. Therefore, dot destroy this nation. Muslims are marginalised in ghettos. They need 100 years to live good life by self efforts as government deny them all. Become wise instead of becoming tool of jobless youth engaged in crimes in the name of animal or false propaganda.
              1. J
                Jai hind
                Aug 4, 2017 at 10:45 am
                Don't just blame Muslims .. The behaviour and living culture depends upon the country ..... In India itself Muslims of south India especially in south living a very good life . In TN Karnataka and Kerala .. they are educated and have a very well built dignity for them .There are many rich business men who is well known N the society . . Yup in north they are not upto the living standard is back ward . U cant blame the religion for that .It's all about the progress of that state ... U can find people from other religion which s five times more N numbers than Muslims who are way behind the Muslims N lfe progress .Even if u compare by world wise quatar is the richest coubtry N the world ..Saudi ,kuwait , Malaysia etc are not behind and the living standard is high. .. So its all about the place they belong to
              2. J
                Aug 4, 2017 at 9:24 am
                It Turn out, " Abki Baar Jungle Raj'. Sabki Tabahi BJP Key Haath.
                1. I
                  Aug 4, 2017 at 9:24 am
                  NITISH Kumar enjoy Modi's slavery by spreading hatred and communal riots in otherwise peaceful Bihar. Keep listening Chaddi Ki Aawaaz.
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