A 35-year-old Muslim Mohammad Aamir who is a driver of a pick-up van was mercilessly beaten up by Hindutva men in Mathura’s Raal village, on Sunday night. The attackers accused Amir of ‘ferrying beef and smuggling cattle’ in his vehicle.
Videos of Aamir being thrashed by 2-3 men with belts while his shirt had been ripped off surfaced on the internet.
Aamir’s vehicle was stopped by the assailants after they spotted animal bones and carcasses inside it. The vehicle was part of a village cleanliness drive to dispose of carcasses of dead animals, said police.
In the video, Aamir was pleading with them to stop, but they showed no mercy. They were also abusive and Islamophobic chants.
Aamir had received bruises on his face and shoulder.
“He did not suffer any major injuries,” doctors said to Times of India.
Police have registered a case against several people under relevant sections of the IPC. 16 people, including some members of the Hindutva groups, have been named in the FIR. 14 of them were identified.
“We found that Rameshwar Valmiki, a resident of the Govardhan area in Mathura, has a license from the district panchayat to dispose of animal carcasses. He had sent the vehicle from Mathura to a nearby district. Our initial investigation has not found any cows or beef inside the vehicle. We have registered an FIR based on the complaint filed by the victim “, Martand Prakash Singh, Superintendent of Police (Mathura), said to NDTV.