New Delhi, Oct 15: Days after five people were brutally assaulted by cow vigilantes over suspicion of carrying beef, the Faridabad police have arrested three people including two brothers on Sunday. The arrested cow vigilantes have been identified as Ram Kishore (21), Dilip (19) and Lakhan (24). Reportedly, the police are still on the look out for four others accused involved in the case.
Earlier on Friday, five people were allegedly thrashed by self-proclaimed cow vigilantes on suspicion of carrying beef in Faridabad. The victims however claimed that they were carrying buffalo meat in a vehicle.
“They stopped us and said you’re carrying cow meat,” said the victim named Azad, adding, that he was forced to chant ‘Hanuman ki jai’ and ‘cow is our mother.’ However, when he refused, he was allegedly roughed up by the group, who allegedly told the victim that they belonged to Bajrang Dal.
Following the assault, the Haryana Police had initially lodged a case under sections of Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act against Azad, Shehzad, Shakeel and Sonu for smuggling beef. But after investigation, it was found that the meat was buffalo not beef.
Last month, the Supreme Court had asked the states for a compliance report over the incidents of cow vigilantism.
The top court’s three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud said that all states are under an obligation to compensate the victims of cow vigilante violence cases. The hearing in the matter is expected later this month.
(With inputs from agencies)