Cow vigilantes attacked Muslim meat trader in UP

A group led by Manoj Thakur- a gau rakshak lynched a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad district. In a written complaint, Shakir’s brother said that he was harassed and then beaten up for carrying 50 kilograms of buffalo meat on his scooter. It also mentions that the vigilantes demanded Rs 50,000 from Shakir and then assaulted him. While the police have filed a case against the violent group based on a complaint from the victim’s brother, another FIR – which they police have filed of their own volition – names the victim himself as the accused under sections on ‘mischief by killing an animal’, ‘committing an act likely to spread infection’ and ‘violation of COVID-19 lockdown guidelines’, but Shakir is not in jail as charges against him are bailable. Four of the vigilantes have been arrested while the main accused- Thakur is still absconding along with other two. There was a dispute over Thakur’s affiliation too, as he claimed to be the vice president of cow vigilante group, the Bharatiya Gauraksha Vahini. Speaking to a media house, Thakur says, “If the government gives me a force, I will catch the butchers who are slaughtering cows every day,” The case came into limelight after its video tweeted by an independent journalist showed Thakur assaulting Shakir as others surround him. In another video of the incident, Thakur and other men can be seen abusing Shakir and interrogating about his personal details. They also ask him to produce a bill for the meat he was carrying.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed Yes :Counter FIR filed against the victim for 'causing mischief by killing an animal', 'committing an act likely to spread infection', and 'violation of Covid lockdown guidelines'.
perpetrator Organizational Right Wing Hindutva Details of the FIR

FIR filed against the seven perpetrators under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Investigating agency State Police Victim's lawyer
Role of police Satisfactory :Four of the perpetrators have been arrested while two others along with Manoj Thakur (who led the attack) are absconding. Current status Under investigation :Four of the perpetrators have been arrested while two others along with Manoj Thakur (who led the attack) are absconding.
Charges Filed The perpetrators have been charged under the Indian Penal Code, including sections 147 (rioting), 148 (armed with a deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 389 (extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of de Other details
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Main Information
Date of incident: May 23, 2021
Nature of Violence
  • Physical assault
  • Causal factors
  • Cow Related Violence
  • No. of People Injured 1
    Name of the victim : Mohammad Shakir
    Name of Perpetrator Manoj Thakur and ors
    State Uttar Pradesh
    District/City Moradabad
    Party In Power / Incidents BJP - Bharatiya Janata Party
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