30-year-old Wasim Khan and 28-year-old Mubin Shaikh were returning to their village in Malegaon in Maharashtra when after entering Parola and crossing the village Vasantwadi, they realized they had lost their way, forcing them to return. Upon returning, they found the road blocked by bullock carts and a crowd of people. “As soon as our vehicle stopped at the place, the people gathered there immediately started attacking us. They tied us to a bush and beat us. They had thick sticks with them. Our hands and feet were injured. The beating continued for around one and a half hour”, Wasim recalled. He said “When we returned, we found many people on the road. We were shocked when they started to attack us”. Mubin Shaikh, who is a driver by profession said that they were going to their village which is 50 kilometres away. “There were a total of 11 animals in my vehicle. There were small animals also, so we had tied them. The moment we stopped our vehicle on the blocked road the mob hit me two-three times with sticks. I ran away from there. They came after me and brought me back to the village and they started beating me mercilessly on the road. They asked me to raise the slogan ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and they started abusing me. They beat me so much that I fell unconscious. One of my legs is fractured and one hand is fractured. They beat us with thick sticks,” he said. Mubin said that the mob wanted to lynch them as they are Muslims. “They were beating us so mercilessly as if we were inanimate objects. They wanted to just kill us. They were accusing us of theft and kept asking where have you got this? And how have you got this?” says Wasim, adding, “We kept pleading that those animals belonged to us and we had not stolen them. We had bought them. They were not ready to believe us.” Narrating the ordeal of how police reached the location and rescued them, he says, “When they were interrogating me I told them there are others with me and let me call them. And I managed to make a phone call to one of my acquaintance Asif and told him of the incident. The mob had some conversation with him and started abusing him. Asif asked them the village’s name and he informed the police.” Wasim said they did not raise the slogans as demanded by the mob and after Police arrived, they were taken to the Police Station. “The Police gave us medical treatment at the Station. They did not discriminate with us,” he added.