Communal tension in Mathura after two thrashed by right wing group for allegedly ferrying meat

The tension flared up after the right-wing outfit that attacked the men went live on Facebook, recording their assault, and asking viewers to share the video

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NH Correspondent/Lucknow

Communal tension prevailed in Mathura after two men were intercepted and beaten up brutally by a mob for allegedly carrying meat through an area where there is a ban on meat products.

The local police rushed to the spot to rescue the victims and shifted them to the hospital. Later, both the victims along with one other person were arrested and a case was also registered against them. More force has been also deployed in the area to avert any further untoward incident.

The victims were identified as Ayub and Mausim.

The tension only flared up after the right-wing outfit that attacked the men went live on Facebook, recording their assault, and asking viewers to share the video. The men were kicked and slapped repeatedly by a mob of about 15 people.

According to reports from Mathura, one Ayub, 40, runs a licensed meat shop at Raya locality and was taking meat there while Mausim, 23, was accompanying him. Ayub, Mausim and Bahadur, the driver of the vehicle, were later arrested for 'defiling the place of worship’ and alleged ‘cow slaughter’.

Gau Raksha Dal, Mathura district president, Sitaram Sharma, said that on Wednesday, he had got information that the ban on meat was being violated and the men were allegedly carrying beef despite the ban. "Our informer had told us that meat was being transported from Agra to Mathura, which is illegal," he said.

Gau Rakshak Dal president Ravi Kant Sharma, said, "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.

Mathura SP (City) MP Singh said, "About 160 kg meat has been seized and its samples sent for testing. The accused have been sent to judicial custody."

"The accused did not have a transit permit nor a refrigerator for transporting perishables, both of which are mandatory," he added.

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