48-year-old Mohammed Istekhar attacked brutally by a mob on suspicion of carrying beef in Begusarai district of Bihar. The police filed FIR only against Istekhar for carrying cow meat and freed the accused mob. The attack happened on Mohammed Istekhar’s way back to home, he was riding his bicycle after purchasing buffalo meet from the Teghra market. He was followed by a few drunk men in the Aalapur village who decided to stop and harass him. They dragged him to a nearby field and started beating with sticks, iron rods, and with the butt of a gun. Hospitalized Istekhar is in very critical condition due to severe injuries they made. Family members said that we didn’t buy the cow meat at all and it was buffalo meat along with chicken and mutton for a special program arranged at the home.
Istekhar’s brother-in-law Mohammed Mumtaaz said that this kind of attack happens, but things had aggravated further due to the election time and Begusarai is a contentious seat. He added further, “It was not beef but buffalo meat and the government has permitted the sale of buffalo legally. So people buy and sell it regularly, then why is it a problem?”