Outrage after Hindutva terrorists assault Muslim man in BJP-ruled Assam on camera, force him to eat pork

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A video of Hindutva terrorists in BJP-ruled Assam have assaulted a Muslim man for allegedly selling beef and forced him to eat pork. The police, which reports to the state’s BJP government, has filed a case after they received a complaint from the victim, identified as Shaukat Ali.

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In two viral videos, Ali is seen being assaulted by Hindutva terrorists, who are asking if he was a Bangladeshi and whether he had the NRC certificate. The incident reportedly took place on 7 April at a weekly market in Assam, where Ali runs an eatery shop, which also sells meat.

The incident sent shockwaves across India with politicians and members of civil society reacting in anger. CPI-M MP Md Salim wrote on Twitter, “Firstly, beef is legal for consumption with ‘fit-for-slaughter’ certificate in Assam, its not illegal. In places like Kokrajhar 10 different non-Muslim communities eat Beef. These goons don’t care about cows, they just need an excuse to unleash their hatred for the muslims.”



His subsequent tweet read, “A 68 yr old man was beaten by goons who forced him to eat Pork in public while abusing his religious faith just because they “suspected” him of selling “beef”. We should hang our heads in shame.”



AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi wrote, “I know many people who feel they’re desensitized because of the number of lynchings in the last 5 years. I am not, each video infuriates me & saddens me. It’s irrelevant that beef is legal in Assam, lynching an innocent old man is illegal in every part of India.”


 

Consuming beef is not illegal in Assam. No arrests have been made in the case. Correspondents say that since Ali’s perpetrators allegedly owed allegiance to the RSS and the Bajrang Dal, Ali’s tormentors are unlikely to be punished for their heinous crime.

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