Blood in the name of Cow: CPI (M) delegation meets the mob lynching survivor in Hapur

A delegation of the CPI (M) comprising Brinda Karat, K.M.Tiwari and Sehba Farrooqui met the mob lynching survivor Samiuddin in a Hapur hospital on 1st July. The delegation met the family members also and assured all support from the Party.

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The case relates to the incident of June 18th when a lynch mob of so called gau rakshaks  brutally killed Qasim a goat trader on the accusation of cow slaughter. Samiuddin who was cutting fodder for his cattle was witness to the assault. When he asked why they were beating Qasim he also was caught and brutally beaten. They beat them and dragged them for nearly a kilometre to a temple complex. Both his arms and legs have multiple fractures. Some of his ribs are also broken. The duo was further assaulted after a rumour circulated among villagers that the men were trying to slaughter cows.

Interestingly this incident took place when chief minister Yogi Adityanath was holding a meeting with BJP MPs and MLAs in Ghaziabad and the police were on high alert.

The village of Madhpura Mustafabad with a substantial minority population was the target of attack one and a half years ago by local hoodlums of the neighboring village of Bajhera Khurd belonging to the sangh parivar . The police were posted in the area for ten days but no arrests were made. Emboldened, the criminal gangs have been continuing their violent threats.

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The FIR in this case is a bunch of lies attributing the murderous attack to a clash after a motorbike accident. While the police have denied the cow slaughter angle and have said that it is a case of road rage. “The family of the victim has given us a written complaint stating that the fight and consequent thrashing started after a motorcycle accidentally hit Qasim and his friend. While one person was killed, another one sustained injuries. An FIR has been registered against 25 unknown people under IPC’s sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 302 (murder), while two men have been identified and arrested,” Hapur superintendent of police Sankalp Sharma told while speaking to the TOI.

IndiaSpend , based on the content analysis of the English print media has done a study which chillingly revealed that Muslims were the target of 51 percent of violence centred on bovine issues over nearly eight years (2010 to 2017) and comprised 86 percent of 28 Indians killed in 63 incidents. As many of 97 percent of these attacks were reported after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government came to power in May 2014, and about half the cow-related violence–32 of 63 cases–were from states governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when the attacks were reported. This study is based on the analysis until 25th June 2017 and the actual figures are bound to be higher- given the fact that the study is based only on English print media.

While Lynching does not find mention in the Indian Penal Code and no particular law has been passed to deal with lynching; central government has recently said in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court that no separate law is required to deal with lynchings. The legal lacuna has ensured that in about 20% of the cases of mob lynching between 2010-17, cases were filed on the victims/survivors.

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