Police in Bihar have said that six people were thrashed by cow vigilantes on suspicion of slaughtering a bovine in a house at Dumra village in Bihar’s West Champaran district.
Deputy Superintendent of Police Sanjay Kumar Jha said some people surrounded a house at Dumra village under Jaitia panchayat on the suspicion of a bovine being slaughtered inside and thrashed six people yesterday.
No arrest has been made so far, he said.
Qudus Kureishi, husband of the village head, was also beaten up when he tried to intervene in the matter, Jha said.
On getting the information, he said the police reached the village and pacified angry villagers by assuring action against the guilty. Additional police force has been deployed in the village, the DSP said.
But instead of taking action against the right-wing terrorists, the cops arrested the victims on charges of hurting religious sentiments.
“Seven people have been arrested on charge of deliberately hurting the religious sentiments of the local majority community. We are conducting investigation into the matter,” Rajesh Jha, the SHO of Chanpatia police station, was quoted by New Indian Express.
On why no FIR was registered against those who assaulted the Muslims, Jha said: “There has been no such complaint about the attack so far.”
Militant Hindutva groups have become emboldened after the state’s chief minister, betrayed its secular partners to form the government with the help of the BJP. Not too long ago, a journalist working for a TV channel was forced to chant Jai Shri Ram by Bajrang Dal goons.
It had taken days for Kumar to break his silence. Many critics say that Kumar is turning a blind eye to brutalities against Muslims primarily to consolidate Hindu votes in his favour.
(With PTI inputs)