AGRA: Two men, identified as Ayub and Mausim, were intercepted and beaten up brutally by a mob in Mathura on Wednesday for carrying meat through an area where a ban on the food item is in place now after an announcement earlier by UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath. For 16 minutes, the right-wing outfit went live on Facebook, recording their assault — the men were kicked and slapped repeatedly — and asking viewers to share the video. At least 15 people had gathered to beat up the men. Ayub, 40, and Mausim, 23, were crouching on the ground as the mob rained blows on them. “Ayub runs a licensed meat shop at Raya town and was taking meat there,” said a Muslim leader who didn’t want to be named.
Ayub, Mausim and the driver of the vehicle they were in, Bahadur, have been arrested for “defiling place of worship and cow slaughter”.
On Wednesday, cow vigilante outfit Gau Rakshak Dal mobilised locals in Mathura to attack the men — claiming that besides the “violation” of the ban, the meat was beef, which is banned in UP. “I got information that two men were transporting beef even though there is a ban enforced in Mathura,” the complainant, Gau Raksha Dal Mathura district president Sitaram Sharma, told the police. He did not name the driver. “He was not at fault,” he later told TOI. “He is Hindu.” Bahadur was, however, arrested later.
“Our informer had told us that meat was being transported from Agra to Mathura, which is illegal,” said Gau Rakshak Dal president Ravi Kant Sharma. “After following them from the Yamuna Expressway exit, we stopped them at Mahavir Colony and handed them over to the police.”
Ayub and Mausim were arrested under sections 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship) and 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) of the IPC, and under the Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act. “About 160 kg meat has been seized and its samples sent for testing,” a police officer said. Mathura SP (city) MP Singh said the accused have been sent to judicial custody. He added, “The accused didn’t have a transit permit nor a refrigerator for transporting perishables — both of which are mandatory.”
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