Hindu With Muslim Friends Beaten, Accused Of ‘Carrying Beef’


"text-align: justify; font-family: arial; font-size: 11px;">A video of the Hindu mob that assaulted three people in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh, for allegedly carrying beef, was shot by the attackers and is now viral on social media, The video showed five men kicking and beating two men and a woman with sticks.

Seoni, Madhya Pradesh: On May 22, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2019 general elections with 303 of 542 seats--28 of which were from Madhya Pradesh (of 29 seats)--a group of Hindu men in the south-eastern district of Seoni, attacked three people for allegedly “carrying beef”.

A video of the attack, recorded by the attackers for Facebook and now viral on social media, showed five men kicking and beating three people--two men and a woman--with sticks. The attackers then forced one of the male victims to beat the woman with a rubber slipper, insisting he shout “Jai Shri Ram” as he did.

This is the ninth hate crime motivated by religious bias to be recorded in 2019 by Hate Crime Watch, a Factchecker database that tracks such violence.

In Madhya Pradesh--run by the Congress party since December 2018--Muslims (6.5% of population) have been targets in 54% (7) of 13 hate crimes motivated by religious bias since 2009, according to Hate Crime Watch data.

Nationwide, over a decade to 2019, 91.6% of 288 hate crimes motivated by religious bias– claiming 102 lives–were reported after 2014. Muslims, who form 14% of India’s population, account for 58% of victims in such hate crimes, according to Hate Crime Watch. Hindus, 79.8% of the population, account for 13% of victims. In 202 cases where the perpetrators religious identity is known, 82% involved Hindu, the data show.

In the latest attack in Seoni, Shubham Singh (25), the main accused, is a district head of the Sri Ram Sena, a Hindu right-wing group, whose parent organisation is the Rashtriya Hindu Sena, headed by Pramod Muthalik, former member of the Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Their motto: gau raksha, dharm Raksha, desh raksha (cow protection, protection of faith,  protection of nation). The group was previously involved in attacks on pubs in Mangaluru, Karnataka, in 2009, when they beat women for drinking and having male friends.

In 2011, the Sena was found to be “contract rioting”, or attacking people and institutions for money, the newsmagazine Tehelka reported.

 

"text-align: justify;">A picture of Singh standing with newly elected BJP member of Parliament, Pragya Singh Thakur, a terror-accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, surfaced on social media after the Seoni attack.

 

"text-align: justify;">Suspects arrested two days after victims

In 64 or 22% of hate crimes nationwide, the police filed cases against victims, according to Hate Crime Watch data.

In Seoni, similarly, the police, on May 23, 2019, arrested the three victims-- Dilip Malvi (24), Anjum alias Sama Ansari (30) and Taushif Khan (24)--on suspicion of carrying 140 kg of meat, its provenance as yet unclear. The three were booked under section 4, 5 and 9 of the Madhya Pradesh Govansh Vadh Pratishedh Adhiniyam, 2004, an anti-cattle-slaughter law, and produced before a district judge, who ordered judicial custody at Dunda village police station.

Two days later, on May 25, 2019--after the video went viral and the victims’ families filed a police complaint--the police arrested the five men in the video: Shubham Singh (25), Yogesh Uike (19), Deepesh Namdev (31), Rohit Yadav (21) and Kuwarlal Daheria (43).

Manisha Malvi (34), Dilip’s sister, said she saw the video on Facebook and went to meet her brother and his two friends at court, where she saw their “critical state” and asked the police to send Dilip and Khan to Nagpur for better treatment.

“But the police shouted at me and asked me to keep quiet,” said Manisha.

The local police chief did not acknowledge any shortcomings. “The police took prompt action and tried to take off the video from social media,” said Lalit Sakyawar, superintendent of police, Seoni. “Law and order is under control in the area.”

The five men arrested were charged with unlawful assembly, rioting with a deadly weapon, wrongful restraint, injuring, carrying out obscene acts and outraging the modesty of a woman under the Indian Penal Code.

“We also recovered an air gun from the car of the prime accused, Shubham Singh,” said Dinesh Kumar Dubey, station in-charge of Dunda village police station. “So, we have also applied section 25 of the Arms Act for possessing illegal arms.”

One of the public pictures on Singh's Facebook account show him posing with an air gun. A comment on the post reads, "Maar do bhai ko" (Kill brother), while another reads, “जिनके हाथो में हथियार बो भाई बड़े दिलदार दुश्मन इनको देखकर करे हाहाकार एक ऐसे ह हमारे बड़े भैया जय श्री राम” (The person who has the weapon, he is generous. Enemies cry in fear after seeing him, such is our big brother. Jai Shri Ram).”

 

"text-align: justify;">Was it beef? Police say 3-4 months to know

The police said they would test the meat in question, 100 kg found in an autorickshaw and 40 kg in a scooter.

“We dumped the 140 kg of meat in a pit and sent samples to the Hyderabad forensics science laboratory for further inspection,” said G P Khandel, assistant superintendent of police. “It will take three to four months to get the report.”

Between 2014 and 2017, of 112 meat samples sent to the Hyderabad-based National Research Centre on Meat, only eight or 7% of the were identified as beef, the Times of India reported in January 2, 2019. The rest were found to be buffalo, the slaughter, sale or consumption of which is not illegal.

The victims’ family alleges the bags of meat were planted. “We were coming from Bhome village in an auto rickshaw, when Shubham Bhaiya [prime-accused Singh] waylaid us with his car and stopped the rickshaw and pushed a bag inside,” Ansari’s 14-year-old daughter (name withheld) told Factchecker.

Dilip’s sister also alleged that the story of beef has been fabricated by Singh. “He hates Muslims and wants to teach us a lesson for having Muslim friends,” she told Factchecker.

This is not the first time Singh has beaten Dilip, according to Manisha, who alleged a previous attack four months ago, when Singh warned the Malvis against going to the police.

“Anjum [Ansari] is our neighbour--she, Dilip and Taushif are good friends--and on the day of the incident, my brother Dilip was coming home after attending a wedding ceremony with Anjum and Taushif,” said Manisha.

“He [Singh] and his friends started beating Dilip Bhaiya… I think they had some old rivalry,” said Ansari’s daughter, “But when Shubham bhaiya come to know that we are Muslims, they dragged my mother by her hair and forced Dilip bhaiya to beat her and shout ‘Jai Shri Ram’.”

Singh’s mother, who was also present during the attack, asked the mob to bury the victims with a JCB [road excavator] machine, according to the teenager. “I was very scared and ran away... I don't know what happened after that.... My mother is in jail now.”

The attackers warned people against gathering around while the attack was on, eyewitnesses said.

“I saw some people were beating up a boy when I was going to my field in the morning, ”Atique Khan, an eyewitnesses, told Factchecker. “They were wearing bhagwa gamcha (saffron scarves) around their necks and were shooting a video on their mobiles.”

“I tried to stop them, but they were too many,” said Khan. “They asked us not to get involved and forcibly dispersed everyone who gathered there.” After half an hour the police arrived, he added.

“It’s just my sisters and I now--our abbu (father) left us last year after fights with my mother,” said Ansari’s daughter. “My mother works as a domestic help. We do not have money to hire a lawyer. I don’t know how we can fight for my mother.”

(Mishra is a Bhopal-based freelance writer and a member of 101Reporters.com, a pan-India network of grassroots reporters.)

We welcome feedback. Please write to respond@indiaspend.org. We reserve the right to edit responses for language and grammar.

A video of the Hindu mob that assaulted three people in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh, for allegedly carrying beef, was shot by the attackers and is now viral on social media, The video showed five men kicking and beating two men and a woman with sticks.

Seoni, Madhya Pradesh: On May 22, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won the 2019 general elections with 303 of 542 seats--28 of which were from Madhya Pradesh (of 29 seats)--a group of Hindu men in the south-eastern district of Seoni, attacked three people for allegedly “carrying beef”.

A video of the attack, recorded by the attackers for Facebook and now viral on social media, showed five men kicking and beating three people--two men and a woman--with sticks. The attackers then forced one of the male victims to beat the woman with a rubber slipper, insisting he shout “Jai Shri Ram” as he did.

This is the ninth hate crime motivated by religious bias to be recorded in 2019 by Hate Crime Watch, a Factchecker database that tracks such violence.

In Madhya Pradesh--run by the Congress party since December 2018--Muslims (6.5% of population) have been targets in 54% (7) of 13 hate crimes motivated by religious bias since 2009, according to Hate Crime Watch data.

Nationwide, over a decade to 2019, 91.6% of 288 hate crimes motivated by religious bias– claiming 102 lives–were reported after 2014. Muslims, who form 14% of India’s population, account for 58% of victims in such hate crimes, according to Hate Crime Watch. Hindus, 79.8% of the population, account for 13% of victims. In 202 cases where the perpetrators religious identity is known, 82% involved Hindu, the data show.

In the latest attack in Seoni, Shubham Singh (25), the main accused, is a district head of the Sri Ram Sena, a Hindu right-wing group, whose parent organisation is the Rashtriya Hindu Sena, headed by Pramod Muthalik, former member of the Bajrang Dal and Vishwa Hindu Parishad.

Their motto: gau raksha, dharm Raksha, desh raksha (cow protection, protection of faith,  protection of nation). The group was previously involved in attacks on pubs in Mangaluru, Karnataka, in 2009, when they beat women for drinking and having male friends.

In 2011, the Sena was found to be “contract rioting”, or attacking people and institutions for money, the newsmagazine Tehelka reported.

A picture of Singh standing with newly elected BJP member of Parliament, Pragya Singh Thakur, a terror-accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts, surfaced on social media after the Seoni attack.

Suspects arrested two days after victims

In 64 or 22% of hate crimes nationwide, the police filed cases against victims, according to Hate Crime Watch data.

In Seoni, similarly, the police, on May 23, 2019, arrested the three victims-- Dilip Malvi (24), Anjum alias Sama Ansari (30) and Taushif Khan (24)--on suspicion of carrying 140 kg of meat, its provenance as yet unclear. The three were booked under section 4, 5 and 9 of the Madhya Pradesh Govansh Vadh Pratishedh Adhiniyam, 2004, an anti-cattle-slaughter law, and produced before a district judge, who ordered judicial custody at Dunda village police station.

Two days later, on May 25, 2019--after the video went viral and the victims’ families filed a police complaint--the police arrested the five men in the video: Shubham Singh (25), Yogesh Uike (19), Deepesh Namdev (31), Rohit Yadav (21) and Kuwarlal Daheria (43).

Manisha Malvi (34), Dilip’s sister, said she saw the video on Facebook and went to meet her brother and his two friends at court, where she saw their “critical state” and asked the police to send Dilip and Khan to Nagpur for better treatment.

“But the police shouted at me and asked me to keep quiet,” said Manisha.

The local police chief did not acknowledge any shortcomings. “The police took prompt action and tried to take off the video from social media,” said Lalit Sakyawar, superintendent of police, Seoni. “Law and order is under control in the area.”

The five men arrested were charged with unlawful assembly, rioting with a deadly weapon, wrongful restraint, injuring, carrying out obscene acts and outraging the modesty of a woman under the Indian Penal Code.

“We also recovered an air gun from the car of the prime accused, Shubham Singh,” said Dinesh Kumar Dubey, station in-charge of Dunda village police station. “So, we have also applied section 25 of the Arms Act for possessing illegal arms.”

One of the public pictures on Singh's Facebook account show him posing with an air gun. A comment on the post reads, "Maar do bhai ko" (Kill brother), while another reads, “जिनके हाथो में हथियार बो भाई बड़े दिलदार दुश्मन इनको देखकर करे हाहाकार एक ऐसे ह हमारे बड़े भैया जय श्री राम” (The person who has the weapon, he is generous. Enemies cry in fear after seeing him, such is our big brother. Jai Shri Ram).”

Was it beef? Police say 3-4 months to know

The police said they would test the meat in question, 100 kg found in an autorickshaw and 40 kg in a scooter.

“We dumped the 140 kg of meat in a pit and sent samples to the Hyderabad forensics science laboratory for further inspection,” said G P Khandel, assistant superintendent of police. “It will take three to four months to get the report.”

Between 2014 and 2017, of 112 meat samples sent to the Hyderabad-based National Research Centre on Meat, only eight or 7% of the were identified as beef, the Times of India reported in January 2, 2019. The rest were found to be buffalo, the slaughter, sale or consumption of which is not illegal.

The victims’ family alleges the bags of meat were planted. “We were coming from Bhome village in an auto rickshaw, when Shubham Bhaiya [prime-accused Singh] waylaid us with his car and stopped the rickshaw and pushed a bag inside,” Ansari’s 14-year-old daughter (name withheld) told Factchecker.

Dilip’s sister also alleged that the story of beef has been fabricated by Singh. “He hates Muslims and wants to teach us a lesson for having Muslim friends,” she told Factchecker.

This is not the first time Singh has beaten Dilip, according to Manisha, who alleged a previous attack four months ago, when Singh warned the Malvis against going to the police.

“Anjum [Ansari] is our neighbour--she, Dilip and Taushif are good friends--and on the day of the incident, my brother Dilip was coming home after attending a wedding ceremony with Anjum and Taushif,” said Manisha.

“He [Singh] and his friends started beating Dilip Bhaiya… I think they had some old rivalry,” said Ansari’s daughter, “But when Shubham bhaiya come to know that we are Muslims, they dragged my mother by her hair and forced Dilip bhaiya to beat her and shout ‘Jai Shri Ram’.”

Singh’s mother, who was also present during the attack, asked the mob to bury the victims with a JCB [road excavator] machine, according to the teenager. “I was very scared and ran away... I don't know what happened after that.... My mother is in jail now.”

The attackers warned people against gathering around while the attack was on, eyewitnesses said.

“I saw some people were beating up a boy when I was going to my field in the morning, ”Atique Khan, an eyewitnesses, told Factchecker. “They were wearing bhagwa gamcha (saffron scarves) around their necks and were shooting a video on their mobiles.”

“I tried to stop them, but they were too many,” said Khan. “They asked us not to get involved and forcibly dispersed everyone who gathered there.” After half an hour the police arrived, he added.

“It’s just my sisters and I now--our abbu (father) left us last year after fights with my mother,” said Ansari’s daughter. “My mother works as a domestic help. We do not have money to hire a lawyer. I don’t know how we can fight for my mother.”

(Mishra is a Bhopal-based freelance writer and a member of 101Reporters.com, a pan-India network of grassroots reporters.)

We welcome feedback. Please write to respond@indiaspend.org. We reserve the right to edit responses for language and grammar.

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  1. Kervin Jacquet says:

    That is such a crazy percentage in regard to Muslims being victims! Even though this makes me sad, I can only hope that justice is delivered.

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