Mob attacks family accused of killing calf

A mob attacked the house of a Muslim family in Rohtak’s Titoli village on Wednesday, accusing them of beating up a calf to death to be later slaughtered on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha.

Two persons have been arrested in this connection under the Indian Penal Code and the Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955.

The calf was grazing around around 6.30 a.m. when Yameen allegedly started thrashing it with sticks and hit the bovine on the head that led to its death, said the FIR registered by Suresh, a villager. The FIR further said that Yameen was trying to transport the carcass to the farms in a vehicle and had killed it with the intention to slaughter it on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha.

Forced to flee

Suresh told The Hindu over phone that tension gripped the village as the news spread and a mob allegedly attacked Yameen’s house forcing them to flee. Rohtak police spokesperson Shamsher Singh said there was no loss to life or property in the attack.

A case was registered on charges of killing cattle under the Indian Penal Code and Section 4 and 5 of the Punjab Prohibition of Cow Slaughter Act, 1955. Later, Yameen and Shoukeen were arrested. Shoukeen was the driver of the vehicle hired to transport the carcass.

No complaint received

Rohtak Superintendent of Police Jashandeep Singh Randhawa said no complaint was received by the police in connection with the attack on the house of the accused.

He said post-mortem report of the calf was awaited and two persons arrested in connection were being interrogated. The carcass of the calf was buried in the village’s panchayat land, said Mr. Randhawa.

In self-defence

Muslim Ekta Manch chairman Hazi Shahzad Khan claimed that he spoke to a few Muslim families in Rohtak with regard to the incident and they purportedly told him that Yameen had hit the calf in self-defence after it attacked him.

Mr. Khan said that the death of the calf was an accident and unintended. He said that it was wrong to give it a communal colour.

He also claimed that a few Muslim families, fearing for their lives, fled the village to take shelter at their relatives’ places following the incident. However, there was no confirmation from the police on the Muslim families fleeing the village.

More than 50 policemen have been deployed in the village, which has a population of over a thousand Muslims, to prevent any untoward incident.

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