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Now, Bihar: Cow vigilantes thrash three for carrying ‘beef’ post BJP-JD-U govt

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PATNA: At least three persons were thrashed by a frenzied mob in Bihar for allegedly carrying beef in a truck, indicating how the fringe saffron outfits have become active soon after the BJP coming to power in Bihar.

The incident took place in Shahpur locality of Bhojpur district today. As per reports, the mob was led by Bajrang Dal activists.

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The local media today reported the mob led by some cow vigilantes stopped a truck on the suspicion of carrying beef and beat the three persons including the driver.

The victims were later rescued by a team of police. Police have seized the truck and began investigation.

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“A truck loaded with beef was intercepted by locals. We have seized the truck and arrested three persons in this regard. Further investigation is on,” a local police official Daya Shankar told the media today.

This is the first major incident of beating of persons on the charge of carrying beef soon after the change of guard in Bihar barely a week back.

Imposing a total ban on cow slaughter has been the issue of the BJP and the pressures mounted on them after the Yogi Adityanath government in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh launched crackdown on slaughter houses soon after grabbing power after March elections.

How, the issue has remained significant for the BJP is underlined from the fact that the top saffron leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Amit Sah tried to play “beef politics” during the last 2015 assembly elections in Bihar although the NDA put up a disastrous performance, winning only 58 seats in the 243-member state assembly.

According to officials, cow slaughter is banned in Bihar as per a 1955 law but this goes on unabated in the state owing to certain loopholes in the law which permits the killing of a cow, buffalo or bull that is more than 15-year-old or diseased.

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