Three men held for beating up five on suspicion of carrying beef
FARIDABAD: Three people were on Sunday arrested in connection with the thrashing of an auto-rickshaw driver and four others over suspicion that they were carrying beef, Faridabad Police said.
Police said the arrested accused have been identified as Lakhan, Dileep and Ram Kumar.
Assitant Commissioner of Police (Mujesar) Radheshyam said the trio was being quizzed at his office and others involved in the case will be held soon.
On the morning of October 13, the auto-rickshaw driver Azad, along with his four friends, were on their way to Old Faridabad from Fatehpur Billauch, when 15-20 men intercepted them near Bajri village, the police said.
A video of the incident shows one of the assailants pinning Azad to the ground and abusing him, as the mob chans 'Jai Hanuman' and eggs him on.
According to Azad, the group thrashed them and then handed them over to police, alleging that they were cow smugglers and were transporting beef.
Initially, a case was registered against Azad under Haryana's anti-cow slaughter law.
However, it came to light that Azad and his friends were transporting buffalo meat.
"During investigation, it was found that it was buffalo meat and not beef that was being transported. A case under relevant sections was registered on Azad's complaint of Azad," SHO, Mujesar police station, Vinod Singh, had said on Saturday.
Earlier, one Bittu Bajrangi, who identified himself as the chief of the 'Gorakhsha Bajrang Force', told police that members of his group had discovered beef being carried in the auto-rickshaw. According to Bittu, soon a crowd gathered at the spot which thrashed the five men, the SHO said.