Yogi Adityanath’s Uttar Pradesh has again hit the headline for the wrong reason. According to a report, a Muslim man was beaten to death by the local police over allegations of cow slaughtering. The victim identified as Salim Qureshi aka Munna was picked up by the 2 security personnel on June 14, 2018, from his home and took him to private wedding hall where they beat him up severely. The gruesome incident came to light after the victim’s wife Farzana lodged a complaint with Baradari police.

The report further suggests that Sakim Qureshi died on June 23, 2018, at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). The victim was the owner of a tiny meat shop located in Baradari area and was summoned by Kankartola police post-in-charge Ali Mian Zaidi at the behest of local corporators husband Anjum Khan, Farzana alleged. The victim was first admitted to the local hospital and then was referred to Delhi government hospital. Outraged by the incident, people residing in the region staged a protest on June 23, 2018 evening, placing the body of Qureshi on the road.

Speaking more about the case, acting Senior Superintendent of Police Kamlesh Bahadur said the 2 police constables identified as Shripal and Harishankar have been held by the authorities for interrogation. Not only that, the probe team has also questioned and Kankartola post-in-charge Ali Mian Zaidi regarding the incident.

After receiving the complaint, the police lodged an FIR against the 2 accused policemen and initiate an investigation into the case immediately. The police also arrested Anjum Khan for tipping off these constables while alleging cow slaughtering.

This is not the first time that such a shocking incident has taken place in Uttar Pradesh. Recently, another 45-year-old Qasim was lynched to death by self-styled cow vigilantes on rumours of cow slaughtering. In the viral video, the elderly man was brutally thrashed and was constantly abused by the mob who alleged that the man was taking cows for their slaughter. The victim was later identified as Samiyuddin.


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