In Delhi, 7 ‘gau rakshaks’, including cops, thrash meat vendors, urinate on them

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On March 7, seven men, including three police personnel, thrashed two meat vendors in Delhi’s Shahdara area.

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NEW DELHI — Seven men, including three police personnel, allegedly attacked, thrashed and robbed two meat vendors in Delhi’s Shahdara on March 7.

The incident occurred near Anand Vihar when the car of a meat vendor hit a scooter on the road, PTI reported.

Nawab, who supplies meat to the Ghazipur slaughterhouse and a resident of Mustafabad, was heading home in his car with his cousin Shoaib when he hit a scooter near Anand Vihar. They were carrying meat in the car, according to the FIR.

The alleged self-proclaimed ‘gau rakshaks’ thrashed both the meat vendors, urinated on them and threatened to kill them, the police informed.

While the victims had approached the police immediately after the incident, the case was registered four days late.

However, the police immediately swung into action and nabbed all the seven men involved in the incident. Out of three policemen, one of them was an assistant sub-inspector, who has been suspended, said the police.

During the investigation, the victims revealed that the scooter driver demanded Rs 4,000 in damages from them after their car hit the scooter.

Just then, a PCR van arrived there and one of the policemen took Rs 2,500 from the meat suppliers and gave it to the scooter driver, the FIR stated.

The policeman then demanded Rs 15,000 from the meat suppliers and threatened to take them to the police station if they did not pay up, it said.

The victims revealed that the policemen in the PCR van called four other people and took them to an isolated spot. They were allegedly attacked, thrashed and robbed. The men even urinated on them.

The policemen accused them of slaughtering cows and threatened to dump their bodies in a drain after killing them.

The victims alleged that narcotics were injected into their body and they were made to sign a few blank papers by the policemen, the FIR stated. The policemen allegedly extorted Rs 25,500 from the victims.

The victims sustained injuries to their limbs and back and were taken to the GTB Hospital. A case was filed on March 10 against the accused on charges of extortion and voluntarily causing hurt, they said.

The police department has suspended three policemen until the inquiry completes. (With PTI inputs)

Sana Ejaz is an independent journalist from Bihar. She tweets @SanaEjaz