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Another Muslim lynched by a mob in Jharkhand on beef possession pretext

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Ranchi: Attacks against Muslims are spiraling across the country. The frequency of such attacks in the name of beef eating is going up at alarming pace.

As the country was protesting against such barbaric attacks and protests under ‘Not in My Name’ banner were underway, another lynching of a Muslim in Jharkhand on the pretext of beef possession has stunned community. The reports of lynching of a Muslim man whose car was also set on fire by the people numbering thousands of people came only hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi grudgingly criticized the killing in the name of beef.

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Modi, while criticizing such lynching had said, “Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable…No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this country.”

In the same state, a Muslim dairy owner was mercilessly attacked and his dairy and house put on fire on the pretext of cow slaughter merely three days ago. He was attacked as he and his family were celebrating Eid al-Fitr at the end of month long fasting during Ramadan. His entire house and dairy was gutted and he is still struggling for survival in a hospital.

Reports suggest that Alimuddin, also known as Asgar Ansari, was driving his Maruti van when he was stopped and brutally attacked by a group of people near Bajartand village in Ramgarh district. The officer, RK Malik, has called it “premeditated murder”. He said the attackers seemed to have been lying in wait for Ansari, who was “involved in some trading or business of meat.” The killers he said have been identified and are suspected to be people who had business dealings with Mr Ansari. He said he could not confirm whether Mr Ansari was carrying beef.

Merely a day before Eid, a group of people on a train killed 16-year-old Junaid Khan, who was travelling home to his village in Haryana with his brother and two cousins after a shopping excursion to Delhi ahead of Eid. The attackers, about 20 men, accused the teen and his companions of carrying beef and yelled religious slurs at them before they beat Junaid Khan and stabbed him to death. He was thrown off the train. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said earlier this week that the death of Junaid Khan was “extremely shameful and painful” and that such attacks would not be tolerated.

The frequency of such incidents is rising at an alarming rate. An IndiaSpend report says that Muslims comprised 86% of 28 Indians killed in 63 incidents. The report goes on to add that as many of 97% of these attacks were reported after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government came to power in May 2014, and about half the cow-related violence – 32 of 63 cases – were from states governed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) when the attacks were reported, revealed our analysis of violence recorded until June 25, 2017.

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