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Bajrang Dal behind assaults of women in MP over beef row; Four held

On suspicion of possessing beef in Madhya Pradesh, two Muslim-women who were thrashed at Mandasur railway station have been granted bail after the preliminary investigations proved that it was buffalo meat and not cow meat. The women said they were targetted by the member of the right wing group, Bajrang Dal.

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“When we were coming to Mandsaur, few Bajrang Dal activists stopped us and enquired about what we were carrying. We told them that it was ‘Paade ke meat’ (buffalo calf meat) they did not listen to us and said that it was beef,” Salma, one of the victims, said on Thursday.

“Later, when we told them that get it examined from a doctor (veterinarian), they did not agree to it and asked the other women with them to beat us,” she alleged.

The woman further alleged that they (activists) also threatened policemen when the latter tried to protect them.

The victims, Salma Mevati, 35, and Shamim Akthar Hussain, 30, both local residents were allegedly thrashed by self-appointed cow vigilantes. Later, police arrested the duo on suspicion of carrying beef.

However, after medical examination when it was found that it was buffalo meat, police dropped the charges against them of carrying beef. Subsequently, a local court last evening granted bail to the two women.

Salma demanded that those who attacked them and took law into their hands should be arrested soon.

The case was initially registered by Mandsaur Police and later transferred to the Government Railway Police (GRP) as the incident took place on the railway platform.

GRP Ratlam’s Deputy Superintendent of Police D R SChauhan said that four persons, identified as Govind Rao Chouhan, Dilip Devda, Swadesh Chanal and Vikas Ahir, were arrested on Thursday in connection with the incident. They were identified on the basis of a video footage.

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