On 6th May 2021 Thursday night two Muslim men from the Gujjar community were brutally attacked by cow vigilantes in Gharota village of Bhilwara Tehsil, Jammu. The victims, identified as Muhammad Siddique and Mir Hussain are hospitalised.
The victims were relentlessly beaten by 15 – 20 Hindu militant groups who posted videos of the assault on social media. Videos of the duo were widely circulated on social media handles portraying them as cow slaughterers.
Siddique and his cousin were on their way back home from the fields along with a pair of oxen that they had bought four or five days ago from a neighbouring village.
The labourers alleged that they had stopped near the stream to quench the thirst of their animals when a mob surrounded them and accused them of cow slaughtering. Sharp-edged knives were forced into their hands.
“They had laid a trap within the area. It was dark outside, so we didn’t notice them. We were only half a kilometre away when I was hit by something sharp on the head. Suddenly a group of people jumped on us and ruthlessly beaten us with lathis and stones,” 45-year-old Muhammad Siddique told The Wire.
Speaking to the Kashmiriyat, a family member of the victims said that the cousins are the residents of the identical village as those men and are acquainted with them. They pleaded to be left alone, but the mob did not care who they were and continued kicking, slapping and punching all at once.
The victims were admitted to Government Medical College, Jammu. Meanwhile, an FIR was filed at PS Gharota in Jammu. The Jammu and Kashmir police have arrested the main culprit and registered an attempt to murder case against all the attackers.