Trio accused of carrying beef attacked by Bihar cow vigilantes
Three men were beaten up by a mob in Bihar's Bhojpur district on Wednesday allegedly because they were found to be transporting beef, police said. The driver of a truck and two others were hurt in the incident.
The mob, led by a group of self-styled cow vigilantes, also tried to set on fire the truck which was on its way to Muzaffarpur district. But the police said they foiled the attempt.
The incident occurred in Shahpur near Arrah town, 50 km from Patna, on Wednesday afternoon where the mob stopped the truck on suspicion that it was carrying beef.
The three men were arrested after being rescued from the mob, a police official said. Later, protesters blocked the Arrah-Buxar road demanding that the three men be handed over to them - which the police refused to do.
"They will be interrogated whether they were carrying beef or buffalo meat," the police official said. The men have said the meat was of buffaloes.
The Left blamed the incident on the BJP, which took charge of the Bihar government in partnership with Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal United after he broke away from an alliance with Lalu Yadav's Rashtriya Janata Dal and Congress last month.