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Maharashtra constable stabbed to ‘avenge beef ban’, hunt on for maulana

While stabbing him, an angry Malik allegedly shouted, “Tumhari government beef ban karti hai, toh yeh lo (Your government bans beef, so you suffer).”

Written by Rashmi Rajput | Mumbai | Published: October 21, 2015 1:29 am

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is on the lookout for a local priest from Yavatmal district suspecting that he might have instigated a youth to stab a constable in a bid to register protest against the beef ban imposed by the state government.

The incident took place on September 25 this year, on the day of Bakr-id, when Abdul Malik (20), an unemployed youth from Pusad village in Yavatmal, repeatedly stabbed a constable after offering namaz at a local mosque. The constable was on duty, posted outside the mosque. He survived the attack.

While stabbing him, an angry Malik allegedly shouted, “Tumhari government beef ban karti hai, toh yeh lo (Your government bans beef, so you suffer).” Malik allegedly also attacked two more constables who tried to intervene. Subsequently, Malik was overpowered by the constables and they seized his knife.

Malik was immediately arrested by the local police and was slapped with a case of attempt to murder. Two days after his arrest, suspecting a larger angle of radicalisation at play, the state’s counter terrorism agency stepped in and took his custody. The agency is now probing if Malik had any accomplice and if more people have been radicalised by his handler, suspected to be a local maulana (priest).

Confirming the incident, Special Inspector General, ATS, Niket Kaushik told The Indian Express: “He (Malik) is in our custody and we are probing various angles.”

The ATS suspects that Malik was trained on the lines of a lone-wolf attack.

Sources said the police were on the lookout for the ‘maulana’ who might have instigated Malik to stab the constable.

“During his interrogation, Malik told us that a local maulana radicalised him and therefore he stabbed the constable.

The maulana allegedly told Malik that Muslims in India were under threat and that they should do something about it. He also cited the beef ban imposed by the state government and said it should be seen as a threat to their liberties. Therefore, he decided to stab the constable,” said a senior official.

“Malik has also told us that the said maulana enquired if his parents would register a missing complaint in case he went missing for a couple of weeks. He intended to send him on some ‘training’. We want to know what exactly the plan was. A manhunt to locate the maulana has been launched,” added the official.

The agency plans to record Malik’s confessional statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

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    Shrew Krishna
    Oct 28, 2015 at 6:18 pm
    Most of the times this is what happens in the Mazjid after namaz. Several priests at mosque talk ill about India/Indians/Hindus. The emotional and hard anti hindu talks does not help the harmony and cause more divide than bridging the existing gaps.
    1. S
      Oct 22, 2015 at 1:04 am
      I feel Jaitley was the only sane voice in these times. Every one feels completely right about his/her stand no room for accommodation or discussion. Don't turn our beloved country into mobocracy. This is the only home we have
      1. T
        Oct 22, 2015 at 10:45 pm
        dont fell for writers act , whether they return the award or not...it doesnt make any difference...
        1. A
          Oct 21, 2015 at 2:14 pm
          send them to stan which was created for them. enough is enough.
          1. H
            Oct 28, 2015 at 5:37 pm
            The Constable was having TIKA on his fore head. Now derive what you want from it.
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