Gujjar Cousins Survive A Serious Assault On Life By Cow Vigilantes

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SRINAGAR: At 9: 30 pm, on May 7, in Garhote village of Bhalwal tehsil in Jammu two cousins claimed to have survived a serious attempt their lives. They survived injured and the photographs that went viral suggest so.

The labourer duo, identified as Muhammad Sideeq and Mir Hussain, claimed they were returning after a day’s hard work from the fields with their bulls. They stopped near a stream to let animals quench their thirst. But soon a mob of cow vigilantes surrounded them and mounted an attack on them.

Beaten to pulp and bleeding, a video, which has gone viral on social media explains, the assailants can be seen attacking and harassing the cousins. “The duo has been admitted to GMC Jammu and one of them has got 17 stitches” said one of the Gujjar leader and activist Chowdhary Irshad Ahmad Khatana. According to him, the duo was out to till their land but the mob accused them of cow slaughter. “They were forced into holding knives to create a perception of cow slaughter,” Khatana alleged.

The video shows the blood all over – over their faces, in mouth, on clothes. As the vigilantes were armed with sticks surround the duo, Mir Hussain fell down on the ground and felt lifeless.

Furious various young activists of Gujjar and Bakerwal community took to Twitter to condemn the incident.

Khatana in a tweet said that people are dying in this pandemic but goons of RSS are on their mission to lynch people in the name of religion, and caste. “Now Jammu is become a hub of mob lynching after Abrogation 370. Lynching of particular sect society i.e., Gujjar Bakerwal cummunity is common,” he said adding that it is an attempt to murder.

Guftar Ahmed Chowdary wrote on his twitter, “Two Gujjar beaten badly by goons at village Bhagani in the jurisdiction of PS Gharota of district Jammu. They were going home along with two OX on the way they were badly beaten & are now admitted at GMC Jammu,”

Zahid Chowdary, State President of Jammu Kashmir Gujjar Bakerwal Youth Welfare Committee responding to the incident wrote on his Twitter, “Another incident of Mob lynching repeated in Jammu, two Gujjar were badly beaten by RSS goons in Garhote area of Tehsil Balwal of Dist Jammu, when they were returning back from their fields with cattles As the Govt z responsible because no action taken in past incidents by Police.”

Female Gujjar Activist, Saima Chowdhary too condemned the attack saying, “This is highly condemnable act. Gujjar community of Jammu are soft targets by the goons. Post abrogation.

Jammu and Kashmir police have not responded to the reports so far.

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