Police in Madhya Pradesh say they have arrested nine people in connection with terrorising a Muslim couple travelling on the Kushinagar Express on suspicion that they were carrying cow meat.
Harda resident Mohammad Hussain and his wife Naseem Bano were returning home when a few people barged into the train compartment at Chhnera railway station in Madhya Pradesh’s Khandwa district on Wednesday and forcibly searched the passengers’ belongings.
The victims later called for help from his relatives and friends, whose arrival led to huge clashes between the two groups.
These people claimed to be members of the right-wing militant Hindu group, who claimed to protect cows, animal deemed sacred by Hindus. The attackers claimed they had seized a packed meat from under a berth in the compartment.
The General Railway Police from Itarsi station arrested nine people from both the groups. A test later revealed the meat found in the train was of a buffalo.
Hussain’s wife Naseema Bano said that the episode had left the family shaken prompting them to even consider withdrawing police complaint.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has reportedly ordered a probe even though the railway police said that the group had terrorised another Muslim family just few days Kushinagar Express fiasco happened.
Prabhu has yet to tweet or make any public comments on this development, which will embarrass the central government further.