Beef Ban Lynching

Some cow vigilante belonging to Bajrang Dal kidnapped Junaid (35) and Naasir (25) when they were traveling from Bharatpur Rajasthan to Bhiwani in neighboring Haryana and burnt them alive on suspicion of being cow smugglers. The charred remains of Junaid and Nassir were found in a Bolero in which they were traveling.

“Eyewitnesses say the ‘gau rakshaks’ and the Crime Investigative Agency (CIA) team intercepted the Bolero in which Junaid and Naasir were traveling when some policemen and seven-eight ‘gau rakshaks’ dragged them out and beat them black and blue. Then they took the duo to the police station in Ferozpur Jhirka, but the police personnel refused to take them into custody in view of their critical condition.”

Junaid’s brother, Ismail lodged a missing person complaint on the February 16 night where he accused Bajrang Dal activists, ‘gau rakshaks’ and the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) team of Ferozpur Jhirka in Nuh of first lynching Junaid and Naasir and then setting their bodies ablaze inside the vehicle.

The Haryana Police were informed by Rajasthan police that two skeletons were seen in a burnt vehicle near Borwas ki Bani (Bhiwani). When the Rajasthan Police team arrived at the spot they found that it was the same vehicle that was mentioned in the missing complaint by Ismail, Junaid’s brother.

The bodies could not be identified immediately, but as the vehicle was the same in which they were abducted, police concluded that the dead were Junaid and Naasir.

Bhiwani Superintendent of Police Ajit Singh Shekhawat said they along with Rajasthan Police have started the investigation. Prima facie it seemed that the duo died after their vehicle was set afire and the accused drove the vehicle to an isolated place to destroy the evidence.

The police sources said that this could be a matter related to cow smuggling as one of the deceased was accused of cow smuggling and a case was registered against him.

Meanwhile, a Rajasthan court sent one accused to police remand for five days in this connection. Meanwhile, Haryana authorities have moved to cancel the arms license of Monu Manesar, who is among the four evading arrests in this case.

Syed Ali Mujtaba is a journalist. He can be contacted at syedalimujtaba2007@gmail.com


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