Monday, October 16, 2017

Meat attack scan on vigilante

Chandigarh: The leader of a " goraksha" group who had lodged a police complaint against five Muslim youths after cow vigilantes thrashed them in Faridabad on Friday has now himself come under the police scanner.

Cops are probing whether Bittu Bajrangi had a role in the attack on polio-stricken auto-rickshaw driver Azad and his brothers and friends over a parcel of what the assailants claimed was beef but a lab later identified as buffalo meat.

"Bajrangi heads a little-known group called the Goraksha Bajrang Force. We are ascertaining whether there were any previous complaints against them," an officer said.

Deputy commissioner of police Astha Modi said the group's possible links with the Sangh parivar were being probed.

On a complaint from Bajrangi, the police had on Friday night registered an FIR against the injured youths. Later, after visiting them in hospital, another FIR was lodged against the "unknown" attackers.

Officers said the case against the five victims would be dropped as soon as the final lab report arrives.

Three men - Ram Kumar and brothers Lakhan and Dileep Kumar - were arrested last night on the basis of a video clip of the attack. They have denied links with Bajrangi or his group, officers said, adding that the cops were trying to identify more people from the clip.

Azad claims the attackers informed the police after thrashing them.

"Bajrangi claims his organisation suspected that beef was being ferried but did not participate in the attack. Some other people surrounded the auto and assaulted those inside," a police source said.

"Azad and the others were taken to a place near a crematorium where they were held captive for almost four hours and beaten."

While the brothers are residents of Peer Colony, Ram Kumar lives in Pali village adjoining Faridabad town.

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