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Raipur: 3 Arrested For Vandalising Dairy, Assaulting Muslim Shopkeeper On Suspicion Of Cow Slaughter

The following day members of Bajrang Dal raised slogans at the police station, alleging that police action was one-sided.

Three people have been arrested after they vandalised a dairy in Gokul Nagar area of Raipur, Chhattisgarh and assaulted the Muslim shopkeeper, accusing him of cow-slaughter and selling beef on Saturday, May 25.

Dipankar Ghose writing for The Indian Express (IE) reported that a senior police officer said the three arrested— Ankit Dwivedi, Amarjeet Singh and Shubhankar Dwivedi— were self-styled “gau rakshaks”.

A day after the vandalism, on Sunday, May 26, at least 50 men from right-wing groups such as Bajrang Dal raised slogans at the DD Nagar police station in Raipur. They alleged that the police action was one-sided and demanded a cross-FIR against the complainant Usman Qureshi and the dairy shop owner.

The agitators reportedly alleged that they had found bones behind the shop. However, police officers said no evidence of cow slaughter has been found yet.

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Per the report, a senior police officer said that on Saturday evening, they had received information about a clash. “Investigations revealed that a group of gau rakshaks entered a dairy in the area on the suspicion that cow slaughter and beef trade was taking place there. They assaulted Qureshi and his associates at the dairy and vandalised the premises. We have CCTV footage of the incident and are investigating based on that,” the officer reportedly said.

Additional Superintendent of Police Prafull Thakur told IE, “The three arrested have been sent to judicial custody. The sections of the IPC are 147 (rioting),148 (rioting with an armed weapon), 427 (mischief), 457 (trespass), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 380 (theft), and 120B (criminal conspiracy).”

When questioned if a cross FIR was filed, Thakur told the newspaper, “No cross-FIR has been registered as no crime has been committed by the other party as it stands. We are investigating.”

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