More than a week after two Muslim women were beaten up at Mandsaur railway station on suspicion of carrying beef, the police Wednesday arrested two Hindu women for alleged involvement in the assault.
Later released after posting a surety, the duo justified the attack, saying they were enraged by smell of meat in the train during their return home from Vaishno Devi. Rajni Tiwari (35) and Manju Gurjar (40) said after they raised objection to the presence of meat, they had an argument with Salma and Shameem, and beat them up when the train stopped at Mandsaur.
Earlier, the police had arrested four men from Mandsaur in the case. But the women, whose faces were visible in the video of the incident, had remained untraceable. The gau rakshaks (cow vigilantes) had claimed they did not know the women.
But Salma, one of the victims, told The Indian Express: “The women were not on the train and we did not have an argument with anyone. They were waiting at Mandsaur with the others. The men seen in the video knew the women; they can be heard calling them Didi .”