A man was beaten up and his house was set on fire in Bariabad of Jharkhand's Giridih district on Tuesday, after the carcass of a cow was allegedly found outside his house, media reports said.
According to Hindustan Times, around 1,000 villagers, including gau rakshaks, set 55-year-old dairy owner Usman Ansari's house on fire. Ansari was rescued by the police while his family was shifted to a safer location under protection. He is said to be in a stable condition now, and has been moved to a hospital in Dhanbad.
A report in The Indian Express said the police had to fire a few gunshots after the mob started stone-pelting which injured two men. The report also said the stone-pelting left many policemen injured in the process.
Jharkhand police spokesperson and ADG (operations) RK Mullik told India Today the crowd tried to prevent the police from taking Ansari to the hospital.
The Hindustan Times report said North Chhotanagpur zone DIG Bhim Sen Tuti reached Giridih on Wednesday, as hundreds of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and police were rushed to the area.
A report on NDTV said there is heavy security in the village one day after the incident, with senior police officers deployed. The police said even though no one has been arrested for the attack so far, they will question about 15 people in the village on Wednesday.
The incident took place the same day four personnel were injured in stone pelting, while a police vehicle was damaged in Uttar Pradesh's Khala Par locality, when the cops had arrived there to arrest three persons on allegations of cow slaughter. Three days before this, a 16-year-old was beaten to death inside a local train in Ballabgarh, Haryana, by a mob which accused him of carrying beef.
Updated Date: Jun 28, 2017 16:11:51 IST