Six people were thrashed on Friday by unidentified men in Delhi’s Baba Haridas Nagar for allegedly transporting buffalo calves to a slaughter house.
Later, the locals released the calves and vandalised the vehicles.
“A PCR call was received stating that the public caught some men who had calves in two trucks. When the police reached the spot, they found the men beaten up and the vehicles vandalised,” said a senior police officer.
The victims, identified as Salim, Ali Jaan, Shauken, Dilshan, Saif Ali and Kaala, were rushed to the nearest hospital. Five of them were discharged after treatment while Ali Jaan, who was severely injured, is still being treated.
The police have registered FIR against the attackers based on the complaint made by Jaan’s son.
The incident comes week after a man in Jharkhand was lynched and his vehicle torched for allegedly carrying beef.
The same day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had warned people that killings in the name of cow protection would not be tolerated.
Notably, the number of cow related attacks has surged since Narendra Modi came in power in 2014. As per data compiled IndiaSpend, 86% dead in cow-related violence since 2010 are Muslim, and 97% attacks have happened since 2014.