According to the Police, a Muslim dairy owner was seriously injured and his house was set on fire by a mob in a Jharkhand village after a headless corpse of a cow was found close to his house. On Tuesday afternoon, thirty police individuals were also injured as an enraged crowd of about 1,000 people, including some self-claimed cow-protesters as well, led blockade to 55-year old Usman Ansari’s house in Giridih district’s Bariabad.
The Giridih superintendent of police Akhilesh B Variar said on Wednesday that “Police had to resort to lathi-charge and air firing to quell the mob so that the victim and his family could be saved”. He also added that around 25 people were detained. The victim (Ansari) has been treated in a hospital and his family moved to the secured location under the protection of the police. On Wednesday, the North Chhotanagpur zone DIG Bhim Sen Tuti also reached Giridih as hundreds of police and Central Reserve Police Force personnel hurried to the area. This incident is newest among the cases of attacks on the Dalits and Muslims, which has been reported all over the country in the name of protection.
After an argument on June 22, a Delhi teenager was murdered, allegedly by his co-passengers in the train. However, the crowd allegedly called him and his two brothers as beef eaters, who were injured. The Central government has limited cattle trade and some BJP-ruled states have come up with a strict penalty for smuggling or slaughtering cows as considered holy by the Hindus. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been accused by the right activists and opposition parties of forcing the Hindutva agenda of its ideological relation with the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Singh and targeting Dalits and Muslims through its cattle business rules. As per the police on a Tuesday afternoon, the villagers in Bariabad, which is about 250km from the state capital Ranch, got a corpse that was missing its head and supposed that Ansari had murdered the cow.
A crowd carrying stones and sticks attacked the house of Ansari and beat him up as well. The crowd had besieged the house when the police reached the village. The crowd also clashed with the police and set the house on fire. The deputy commissioner of Giridih Uma Shankar Singh said that the police had to ask for strengthening and it took about two hours to bring the situation under their control. The incident happened less than a month after suspicious mobs killed nine people on the doubt of child lifting in some incidents in the tribal state. The panic was generated by extensively shared messages and videos on the prowl that warned of kidnappers. The probe of police found that four of the five Muslim men killed were cattle traders.