The day India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that killings in the name of cow protection won't be tolerated, a man was beaten to death by a mob on suspicion that he was carrying beef in his vehicle.
According to a news report, a case has been registered on the basis of a video footage of the lynching, police said. The incident took place just a couple of days after a mob attacked and injured another man in the same district on suspicion that he had slaughtered a cow.
Superintendent of Police Kishore Kaushal told a press conference that around 30 people surrounded the van. They dragged out the driver of the vehicle, Mohd Allimuddin, a resident of neighboring Hazaribagh district, and thrashed him, injuring him seriously.
The police on getting information rushed to the spot and took Allimuddin to a hospital where he was declared “brought dead” by doctors. The mob also set the vehicle on fire, said the report.
The SP said that the case was registered on the basis of the video footage and asserted the guilty would be arrested soon. Ramgarh Deputy Commissioner Rajeswari B, who was also present in the press conference, said additional forces have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order.
A senior minister in Prime Minister Modi’s government, Venkaiah Naidu, on Friday condemned the lynching but said there was no “religious angle” to the incident. On Thursday, Prime Minister Modi had warned cow vigilantes to not take the law in their own hands and condemned any violence in the name of an animal considered holy by many Hindus.