Three persons, including a minor, were arrested on Tuesday night in Assam's Jorhat on charges of hurting religious sentiment by openly carrying beef, NDTV reported.
The Telegraph reported that out of the three arrested, two were on Wednesday sent to 14 days' judicial remand by the court of the Jorhat CJM, while the minor was sent to an observation home.
The police according to The Telegraph, said that a case was registered and the three were booked under Section 295 (A) IPC and under Section 568 of the Assam Cattle Preservation Act, 1950 after seizure of nearly half a kg of beef from them. This is the first time in Assam someone has been arrested in connection with the consumption of beef.
The Telegraph further reported that the three, who were workers at a private industrial training institute in the area, were accosted by some people for carrying beef openly and handed over to the police. On interrogation, the three said they had bought the meat for consumption from a slaughterhouse in the town.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, a Muslim man was brutally beaten up by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district and later succumbed to his injuries. Pehlu Khan, in his fifties, died late on Monday night in a hospital where he was admitted for treatment.
Khan and at least four others were injured when a mob attacked nearly 15 persons hailing from Haryana while transporting cows in vehicles on the Behror highway in Alwar district on Saturday, the police had said.
In Jaipur, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria referring to the incident had said that it was "alright" that some people caught those who were illegally transporting animals but added that "no one has the right to take the law into their own hands". Police will take appropriate action against those who took law into their own hands, Kataria had said.
Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), who after coming to power in India's most populous state Uttar Pradesh, has ardently focused on its objective to shut illegal slaughterhouse in the state. Several instances have been reported in the state, where civilians having taken the law into their owns hands and burned down abattoirs. However, the party has not banned beef in Goa and Assam, where it is also in power.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Apr 06, 2017 12:25 PM