Karnataka: 7 Hindutva men arrested over attack on Muslim man selling ‘halal’ meat

Seven Bajrang Dal members were arrested on Thursday after a Muslim man who runs a Chicken stall was attacked in Karnataka’s Shivamogga on Wednesday for selling halal meat.

The Muslim man named Thousif was assaulted a day after Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that the state government would look into the “serious objections” raised over halal meat, with Hindutva groups giving a call to boycott it.

“Bajrang Dal activists argued and then attacked a Muslim vendor. An FIR has been registered at Hosamane police station in Bhadravati,” the Shivamogga SP said to ANI news agency.

Bajrang Dal men were campaigning in the Hosamane area against halal meat. They threatened Muslim meat vendor Thousif.

The Hindutva men asked him to sell non-halal meat at his chicken shop, Thousif said in the complaint. He told the assailants that such meat was not ready and he would arrange it. Irked by it, the Hindutva men thrashed him and hurled anti-Muslim abuses against him.

CM’s comment on halal meat added fuel to the anti-Muslim hatred in the state.

Similar incidents were reported from parts of Karnataka ahead of the Ugadi festival where Hindutva outfits demanded that halal meat be banned, especially around and during the time of Hindu festivals in the state.

In Shivamogga district, police registered another case against the same Bajrang Dal men for threatening and abusing a Muslim hotelier in Old Bhadravati for not serving non-halal meat to them. A case has been registered on charges of abusing the hotelier.