Despite permission from the police to avoid confusion over the sacrifice of buffaloes on Eid-al-Adha, two men were beaten up allegedly by a group of cow vigilantes.
The two men were beaten a day after Eid in outer Delhi’s Kirari village on Wednesday when they were on their way to dump the remains of animals, sacrificed in their madrasa in Outer Delhi on Wednesday.
The victims Hafiz Abdul Khalid, 25, and Ali Hassan, 35, are residents of Prem Nagar-2 of outer district. Family members said they were carrying the remains of the buffaloes sacrificed on behalf of over 100 people.
Hundreds of residents had contributed money for the sacrifice of 18 buffaloes at the local madrasa. The madarsa administration said that it had sought permission from the police for the same.
It’s a common practice on Eid for people to contribute money to offer sacrifices to god. Madrasas are often the venue for the sacrifice of buffaloes since it requires space and the religious schools get donations for it.
The incident took place at 7.30pm, when a group of 25 people chased the three people who were in an auto, loaded with remains of buffalos. One of them, 14-year-old Abdus Salam, managed to flee.
Salam narrated the incident to the family, which called the police asking for protection. The police officials had already taken the two injured people to hospital by then.
“Salam was frightened when he came back. He had seen how badly these youth were beaten up. I called the local police station, but I was informed they already know about the incident. The police officer asked me to reach the hospital,” said Qari Mohammad Lukman, rector of madarsa and father-in-law of Khalid.
The family alleged that there was an over two-hour delay in treating the victims by the hospital staff.
The locals, who accompanied the victim, named Jaibeer and Virender as suspects in the case because the two had reportedly been following them for the past few days. According to the locals, last year the duo had issued threats.
Khalid and Ali have been admitted at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and will remain under observation. They have sustained head injuries apart from the injuries in other body parts. Khalid teaches students at a madarsa, while Ali Hassan is a driver.
Dr Shekhar Shivam, a surgeon at the hospital said, “The condition of patients is stable. Both have head injuries so both will remain under observation.”
DCP (Outer), Vikramjit Singh, said that four men have been arrested. Singh said that on Wednesday, locals gathered on being informed that animal meat was being carried. “They asked them to stop and explain the meat, which triggered a fight. Other locals also joined in and thrashed them. We have booked all of them for attempt to murder and are on lookout for others.”