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Beef Ban Hysteria Claims Fifth Life In Karnal, Haryana

By Countercurrents.org

11 December, 2015

Volunteers of the vigilante group of Gau Raksha Dal (Cow Protection Squad) gather to inspect a truck
on a highway in Taranagar, Rajasthan. (AFP File Photo)

The Hindtuva fundamentalist led beef ban hysteria in India has consumed fifth life in three months. According to Hindustan Times an unidentified ‘cow protection vigilante’ team shot dead a migrant worker near Bhanukheri village in Karnal in the wee hours of Wednesday. The deceased, 25-year-old Khush Noor, is a native of Ballamajra village in Saharanpur. Another man, Ehsaan, suffered a minor injury and after being administered first aid, was discharged from hospital.

Superintendent of police Pankaj Nain told HT that there was no evidence to prove that cows were being smuggled in the vehicle or any other illegal activity was on. “Unidentified people opened fire at a group of nearly 40 migrant workers who were heading from Nawanshahr in Punjab to their native place in Uttar Pradesh to cast vote in panchayat polls. Seven teams have been formed to identify cow protection activists from the area and nab the culprits,” he said.

The SP said, “Migrant workers claimed that as they got down the canter, the armed group enquired if cows were being smuggled in the vehicle. Soon someone opened fire killing a man on the spot. No one else suffered the gunshot injury.”

In a follow up report published on December 10 HT reported:

" Inspector general of police, Karnal, Hanif Qureshi told HT on Thursday that a police party was present at the naka near Bhanukheri village in Karnal district looking for bovine smugglers and probably they opened fire without verifying details of those travelling in the canter. He said that at least two rounds of firearm were shot in the crime and the samples had been sent for forensic examination to confirm weapons used in the incident. A group of gau raksha volunteers had duly informed the police about possible movement of cow smugglers in the area on Tuesday late night. A police party was working with them and it has not been ruled out yet if our own men opened fire at the innocent persons killing one man. We are very closely monitoring those who were on duty and the volunteers on the spot, he said."

The incident received scant media coverage. It seems that with each passing incident the society is becoming apathetic to such brutal murders.

In a similar incident an alleged cow smuggler Abid (27) was shot dead in an alleged encounter with Haryana police near Thanesar town on November 29. Another person Ashraf (28) also was injured in the incident.

The Haryana government has recently brought into effect Haryana Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Act that bans cow slaughter and prohibits transportation of cows for sale to other States.

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar recently said in an interview that “Muslims can continue to live in this country, but they will have to give up eating beef” because “the cow is an article of faith here”.

On 28 September a mob lynched a 50-year-old man, Mohammed Akhlaq, over the rumours of eating and storing beef. The Muslim man's killing on 28 September led to a massive outrage across the country. Several noted writers and poets are still surrendering their prestigious awards, mostly Sahitya Akademi, to register their protest over the incident and the Centre's prolonged silence on the issue.

In Himachal Pradesh a 28 year old truck driver Noman was lynched to death by a mob in the presence of police on October 16th allegedly for smuggling cow.

18-year-old trucker Zahid Rasool Bhat S/o Ghulam Rasool Bhat of Batengoo in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, who had sustained 70 per cent burn injuries in petrol bomb attack by a violent mob in Udhampur district on October 9, succumbed to injuries in Safdarjang hospital in New Delhi on 18th October.

Zahid along with another Kashmiri trucker and a policeman were injured when a violent mob had hurled petrol bomb towards their truck and assaulted them on October 9 evening after rumours had spread that three cows were slaughtered. The tests, however, have revealed that the cows had died of food poisoning and had no injuries.

An independent MLA Er Abdur Rashid was beaten up inside the Jammu & Kashmir assembly by BJP MLAs for organising a beef party to protest the imposition of beef ban in Jammu & Kashmir.

Recently, Kerala house was raided by police in New Delhi over an allegation that the restuarant in the house was serving beef in blatant violation of the laws, including the federal rights of a state of the union of India. Although beef (especially cow meat) is banned in most of the states in India, beef is not banned in Kerala, West Bengal and several North Eastern states

On 2nd November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) threatened to behead Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah if he “dared to eat beef”. Shivamogga district level leader of the BJP SN Channabasappa also said that he would “play with his (severed) head”. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said that he would eat beef if he wished, and that the BJP did not have the right to question him on it.

Recently three writers were killed by fascist forces. Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M.Kalburgi were killed in cold blood and none of the culprits were arrested so far.

Four Padma Bhushan Awards, 3rd highest civilian honour in the country, three Padma Shri awards, 4th highest civilian honour in the country, 40 Sahitya Academi Awards given to eminent literary personalities, 36 National film Awards were returned to Narendra Modi Government as a protest in just 18 months of BJP rule over growing 'intolerance' in the country. The award returning movement is dubbed as 'Award Wapsi' echoing the Hindutva ultra-nationalists’ movement called 'Ghar Wapsi' (home coming) by which people of other faiths are forcefully converted back to Hinduism.



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