Cow death rumour sparks communal tension, 4 held

The incident happened late Sunday when one Raju Pathan, who owns a paani-puri stall, rushed home after Amin Nawaz told him that his cow had died.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published: August 3, 2016 2:12 am

Four Muslims were arrested from Gopalpura village of Burhanpur district after one of them allegedly spoke about the death of a cow owned by a fellow Muslim, which turned out to be a rumour but led to communal tension in the area.

The incident happened late Sunday when one Raju Pathan, who owns a paani-puri stall, rushed home after Amin Nawaz told him that his cow had died. When he reached home, Raju found his cow to be alive. Yogesh Mahajan, a Hindu farmer, who had also gone to Raju’s home, then asked him to identity the man who had spread the rumour.

When Raju and Yogesh returned to the stall, Amin admitted that he was behind the rumour. However, Amin and his accomplice, Iqbal, then allegedly beat up Yogesh, accusing him of hurling abuses at the Muslim community.

As members from both communities gathered, the administration was forced to rush police personnel from Shahpur and Shikarpura police stations to control the situation.

Later, four Muslims — Amin Nawaz, Salim Usman, Itbar Pathan and Latif Pathan — were booked under sections 506 (criminal intimidation), 294 (obscene acts and songs), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC and taken into preventive custody.

“I had gone to Raju Pathan’s home to engage his family members as labourers at my farm when he came home worried. We found the cow safe and returned to his stall. When I asked who spread the rumour, Amin owned it up, abused me and slapped me,’’ Yogesh, 36, told The Indian Express insisting that he was not associated with any cow protection campaign.

Additional SP Manoj Rai described it as a minor incident.

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  1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
    Aug 3, 2016 at 7:40 am
    Gau Mata will be BJP's nemesis.
    1. M
      Aug 3, 2016 at 3:16 am
      Nixon,Dixon,perhaps you donot have any respect for hindu religion .It is from times immemorial hindus have been worshiping cows .whatis your problem. What you have got to do with it .Hindus are the original inhabitants of the country.They have their Gods,Godesses and objects of worship.Other religions are of recent originandtheir place of birth in the barren lands of middle east.Fortunately,our religion teaches us to loveandrespect the ppl of other religions.This is the reason why youandppl of other religions are hereandwe donot hate any one.Pl donot criticize and compel to retaliate.We had enough of this stuff.
      1. N
        Aug 3, 2016 at 2:26 am
        Communal BJP's cow politics is going destroy the nation if not stopped.Hope sensible people will raise up and put an end to this nonsense.
        1. S
          sadhu singh
          Aug 3, 2016 at 2:55 am
          Muzzies are culprits everywhere.Now oppn leaders will step in to counter ruling party leaders.No end to this nonsense.
          1. T
            Tanbeer alam
            Aug 3, 2016 at 9:08 am
            alchohal haram in muslim openly selling in india muslim dont;br/gt;pork;br/gt;interest;br/gt;lt;br/gt;we never complain but look who is complaing. and still we are culprit
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