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Haryana DGP BS Sandhu has said it was probably buffalo meat, and not cow meat, that resulted in an assault on a group of minority community youths in a village of Faridabad district on Friday. “Yes, as per preliminary report, it was buffalo meat, and not cow meat. But we will get it examined by the (veterinary) doctors,” Sandhu told The Indian Express on Saturday.
“Even if it was cow meat, the attackers had no right to assault the youths who were carrying it. They would have informed the local police. We won’t allow such ‘gundagardi’. Strict action will be taken against those found violating the law. We have already issued instructions to the officers across the state in this connection,” the DGP said.
At least five people were allegedly beaten up by unidentified assailants on the suspicion of carrying cow meat in a Faridabad village on Friday. “The incident happened when five youths were going somewhere in two autos carrying the meat. The meat was visible because a part of the auto was not fully covered. Seeing the meat, some people raised an alarm. The people suspected it to be cow meat when the the vehicles were passing through Bajri village of Faridabad and ‘15-20 unknown persons’ attacked them,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Radhay Shayam, who is posted in Faridabad’s Mujesar area. The attackers allegedly rained blows and hit them with wooden sticks.
Four of the victims received minor injuries while the fifth was admitted to a government hospital in Faridabad. The ACP said all five injured belong to the minority community.
According to the ACP, the police have lodged an FIR against the attackers under sections 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 323 (assault), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation). The FIR has been lodged on the complaint of Navab, a resident of Nehru Colony, Faridabad, whose nephew is one among the injured.
The ACP said they had formed 3-4 teams to arrest the suspects though no arrest has been made so far. On the other hand, Billu alias Rajkumar, a resident of Sanjay Colony in Faridabad, also lodged a separate complaint to the police accusing the youths of cow meat smuggling. On his complaint, the police have lodged an FIR under the Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan And Gausamvardhan Act, 2015. The police are investigating the matter.