In India, mob kills man, injures son over ‘rumours’ that they ate beef

Photograph of 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq, who was beaten to death in UP’s Dadri, Another reason why we need secularism in every country of the world

Photograph of 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq, who was beaten to death in UP’s Dadri. Another reason why we need secularism in every country of the world

Source: Indian Express

Man beaten to death in Dadri: The attack on Akhlaq and his family took place around 10 pm after an announcement about the family consuming beef was allegedly made at a local temple, police said.

A 50-year-old man, Mohammad Akhlaq, was beaten to death and his 22-year-old son severely injured on Monday night in UP’s Dadri, allegedly by residents of Bisara village, after rumours spread in the area about the family storing and consuming beef, police said.

Six people were arrested in connection with the attack, around 45 km from Delhi, sparking protests that led to police firing, damage to vehicles and injuries to a 20-year-old welder who works for the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) facility in the area.

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Police said they have sent samples of meat taken from Akhlaq’s home “to the forensics department for examination”. Akhlaq’s daughter, Sajida, said the family had “mutton in the fridge” and not beef.

The attack on Akhlaq and his family took place around 10 pm in Bisara after an announcement about the family consuming beef was allegedly made at a local temple, police said.

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While Akhlaq, a farm worker, succumbed to injuries suffered during the attack, his son Danish was admitted to a government hospital where doctors described his condition as “critical”.

Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate N P Singh said police have been deployed in the area and “as of now, the situation is under control”.

“Some locals spread rumours that Akhlaq had cow meat at his home and engaged in cow-slaughtering. Following the rumours, tension ignited and some locals attacked his home in Bisara village,” Singh said.

While a shopkeeper near the temple and Bisara village sarpanch Sanjeev Kumar Rana claimed that those arrested included the temple priest and an aide, police said the priest — identifed only as “babaji” — was released after questioning.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar, Kiran S, said “preliminary investigations revealed that an announcement was made from the temple” about the family consuming beef.

“The priest was picked for questioning as we need to investigate the involvement of others in the case,” said Kiran.

According to Sajida, Akhlaq’s 18-year-old daughter who was in the house when the attack took place, “a group of more than 100 people from the village” reached the house that night.

“They accused us of keeping cow meat, broke down our doors and started beating my father and brother. My father was dragged outside the house and beaten with bricks. We came to know later that an announcement had been made from the temple about us eating beef,” said Sajida.

According to the SSP, a case of rioting and murder has been registered against 10 people. “Six of them have been arrested — Rupendra, Vivek, Sri Om, Sandeep, Saurav and Gaurav — all residents of Bisara village,” the police officer said.

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6 replies

  1. The incident shows the Hindu priest,the mob ,the aide had no morals (IKHLAQ NAAM KEY CHEESE).They were beasts not priests.

  2. Source: Washington Post

    Mohammad Akhlaq was in bed when the mob arrived.

    The commotion began in the distance, but crept closer and closer like encroaching thunder. Suddenly, there was a pounding at the door. Then the door broke inwards and men dragged the 50-year-old farmer from his sheets and into the street, according to the Indian Express.

    They beat him with bricks found underneath his own bed; beat him until the bricks broke in their hands; beat him until Mohammad was dead.

    Akhlaq’s alleged crime?

    Eating beef.

    The attack on Monday night in the northern Indian city of Dadri has shocked the country, but it wasn’t exactly a surprise. For the past six months, meat has been a matter of major debate in India.

    Eighty percent of the country’s of 1.3 billion inhabitants are Hindu — who avoid beef for religious reasons. Roughly 250 million Indians are not. That tally includes almost 25 million Christians and up to 140 million Muslims, like Akhlaq.

    The issue has raged in India for years. Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power last May, however, incidents have increased, as they tend to do whenever a conservative government has been in power.

  3. Islam has been a popular punching bag for some time. So if a Muslim said/says something it must either be incorrect or he/she must have stolen it and hence can be misappropriated with a clear conscience. (Ref. “honest treatment of Muslim contribution to science). That was a thing of the past.
    Now, apparently, the rules have changed with a tiny fraction of one percent of Muslims flexing their muscle, rightly or wrongly. Muslims are the terrorists. All terrorists have Muslim names. So, it is kosher to kill Muslims over the fact that Islam permits eating beef.
    Now the Hindu mob that killed a Muslim over the rumor that a cow was killed for meat, would be explained away in the same manner some other acts of terrorism by non-Muslims against Muslims, all over the world, are explained away or overlooked.
    Since I have a Muslim name I have had some chance of brooding over this state of affairs. It seems to me that religions do not seem to go very far in changing the essentially bestial nature of us humans. We often kill because we are angry, or afraid or simply because we can.
    This brings me to my favorite rant: God created a beast in His own image and created religion to keep it tamed, apparently it didn’t work out.
    I Think those who are concerned about the events like a Hindu mob killing a Muslim over a rumor or a Muslim wanting to kill non-Muslims over some presumed or actual grievance should start blaming humanity rather than any particular religion. Perhaps then we might realize that education is the answer

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