Beef row: Shivam, a second-year BA student from Haryana was allegedly stabbed multiple times by a cow vigilante group on Thursday for not clicking photographs of their protest, according to a report by Hindustan Times. The report added that the incident took place in Gohana town of Haryana’s Sonepat district when a cow vigilante group attacked Sumit for not clicking photographs of their protest as they mistook him for a journalist. As per the report, Sumit was later admitted to a hospital in New Delhi where he is battling for his life.
The protest was being held to press demands for lodging sedition charges against Congress workers in Kerala after they slaughtered a cow in public and held ‘beef fests’ on May 27. Shivam went to the protest site with a journalist friend of his but since he was holding a camera in his hand, gau rakshaks mistook him for a journalist and asked him to click pictures. After Shivam allegedly refused to do so, it led to an argument and Shivam was reportedly stabbed in his chest and stomach. “He was admitted to a local hospital initially but taken to Delhi because of his condition,” police inspector Ajaib Singh told HT.
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Mohit, a 19-year-old, who is the main suspect in the case, has been arrested and two more suspects, both relatives of Mohit, are on the run. An “attempt to murder” case has been lodged against the three people and the complaint mentions the accused as members of the cow protection group. Responding to the incident, the gau rakshak group said the trio was just a group of troublemakers who joined the protest.
A few days back, an IIT Madras student was attacked for attending a beef fest inside the college campus. The beef ban was reportedly organised as a mark of protest against the Centre’s ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter purposes.