Gurgaon: Barely a fortnight after some Muslim families were forced to flee to their natives places, two Muslims who were running a meat shop at Dundahera village were thrashed by a mob and beaten up, an incident police termed as a minor scuffle.
According to a report by The Hindu, Mohammad Israr (25) and his friend Aftab (40) were at their shop near Kapashera on the Delhi-Haryana border when a large mob armed with sticks confronted them, accusing them of selling beef.
“When I tried to reason with them and showed them the receipts to prove it was buffalo meat and not beef, they started raining blows on us. They punched me in the chest, abdomen and head. Aftab was also hit on the head and sustained injuries,” recalled Israr from his bed at the Civil Hospital.
The mob threw the meat in the shop into a dustbin and poured acid over it. The police have seized samples of the meat and sent them for examination.
Israr alleged that some traffic policemen present near his shop remained mute spectators and intervened only after he was badly thrashed.
While Israr and his friend were being thrashed, a couple of meat shop owners in the neighbourhood pulled down the shutters. Israr said he was too scared to return to the village.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Sangeeta Rani said it was a minor clash between the shop owner and customers over purchase of meat.
Gurgaon has recently seen quite a few communal riots. In June this year, death of a man in an accident triggered communal riots in Tauru, a town just 32km from Gurgaon, leaving at least 15 people injured.
In the violence that began in the morning and continued for over four hours, past noon, rioting mobs fired at each other and plundered and vandalized shops and vehicles. The violence was reined in only after the administration put the area under curfew and three companies each of the CRPF and BSF were rushed to the area.