Gau rakshaks in Madhya Pradesh beaten up couple who carried beef

Bhopal : A Muslim couple and two men were thrashed by a group for allegedly carrying beef in an autorickshaw at a village in Madhya Pradesh. The three men were also tied to a tree one by one and thrashed by the group.

The police said five men have been arrested from Seoni city, 350 km from state capital Bhopal.

“Four people have been arrested. They have been sent to jail by a local court. One more accused has been arrested. He will appear in court today,” local police officer Lalit Shakyavar said.

One of the accused, Shubham Singh, who calls himself a member of “Ram Sena”, In a photo he uploaded in April, he is seen standing next to BJP parliamentarian and Malegaon blasts accused Pragya Thakur and a group of men.

On May 22, the three men and the woman, all Muslims, were travelling in an autorickshaw when they were intercepted by the group of vigilantes, who accused them of carrying beef, the police said.

Instead of informing the police, the men took matters on their own hands and held the passengers hostage and interrogated them, witnesses said.

People who gathered about where the beatings happened said no one called the police when the incident was unfolding.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti condemned the incident. “Horrified to see cow vigilantes thrash an innocent Muslim with such impunity in MP. Hope Kamal Nath takes swift action against these goons,” she tweeted.

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