The family of Sameyddin, a resident of Madapur, told The Hindu that he had gone to get grass for the cattle. He saw someone being beaten after which he got scared and ran. He was cornered and brutally beaten by the mob.Locals alleged that an announcement was made from a local place of worship at Bajhaida Khurd, about smugglers stealing cows and slaughtering them.These allegations are yet to be investigated by the police.As against the claims by the victims’ families and villagers, the local administration presented the case to be that of a road rage.Police have rejected villagers’ allegation of cow slaughter rumours as the basis of the lynching. They have detained five people in connection with the incident.According to Bajhaida Khurd villagers, a mob ran towards a farm following rumours of some people smuggling cows from farm lands for the purpose of cow slaughter.The mob went towards the village in vicinity, Madapur, and found Qasim and Sameyddin working in the farm. It attacked them with sticks. As the news of the lynching spread, officials immediately reached the spot. Circle Officer Pawan Kumar and police station in charge Ashwini Kumar took the injured to a local private hospital where Qasim was declared ‘brought dead’ by doctors.Given the sensitivity of the matter, senior officials from Hapur, including Superintendent of Police Sankalp Sharma, Assistant Superintendent of Police Rammohan Singh and the Sub-Divisional Magistrate Hanuman Prasad reached the police station.Villagers confront each otherAs the news of Qasim’s death spread, residents of Bajhaida Khurd and Madapur confronted each other, leading to communal tension in the area. Police and personnel of the PAC were immediately deployed in the area.The residents of Bajhaida Khurd alleged that Qasim was trying to smuggle the local cows and when they protested, he started attacking the villagers.Sameyddin’s family members alleged that he was cutting grass for his cattle when he was picked up and beaten by local villagers.SP Hapur Sankalp Sharma, however, rejected the allegation that rumours of cow slaughter was the basis of the attack and lynching.“The victim’s family has given us a written complaint, saying that the beating and the fight was triggered after a motorbike hit some people. One person died and another was assaulted,” Mr. Sharma said.“This has nothing to do with cow slaughter rumours. Police are investigating the matter and we will take strict action against the culprits,” he added. A 45-year-old man was beaten to death and another was injured allegedly over rumors of cow slaughter at Pilakhua in Hapur district of western Uttar Pradesh on Monday evening.Qasim, 45, a cattle trader, received a call from someone who claimed to be a seller of cattle, asking him to come to Bajhaida Khurd, said his son Mahtab. The next thing he got to know was that his father was dead.“This looks like a conspiracy. It needs to be investigated,” said Mr. Mahtab, a resident of Siddiqpura village, next to Bajhaida Khurd.Also Read Prominent attacks by cow vigilantes since 2015
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday announced its first list of 125 candidates for the Maharashtra Assembly elections. The party declared tickets for 90 sitting legislators, while dropping 12 others in seats which are believed to free them up for deliberations with ally Shiv Sena. The two partners have confirmed they will fight the elections together. The expected names that feature on the list include Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis from Nagpur South West and State party president Chandrakant Patil from Kothrud in Pune. The BJP’s Central Election Committee had last week met under the leadership of party president Amit Shah to finalise the first list. The party also made space for several turncoats who left the Opposition ranks to join the saffron alliance ahead of polls. The prominent names from the Opposition ranks to be given a ticket include Kalidas Kolambkar from Wadala, Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil from Shirdi and Harshvardhan Patil from Indapur. High profile names missing from the list were of controversial BJP leaders Eknath Khadse and Prakash Mehta. Both former ministers had faced charges of corruption during the party’s first term.Unrest in party ranksThere were murmurs of rebellion within the party ranks with the announcement of the list. Mr. Khadse held an emergency meeting with his supporters, while south Mumbai legislator Raj Purhoit landed at the Chief Minster’s residence.Mr. Khadse said, “I have filed my nomination today. My name is not in the list issued by the party, but the possibility of me getting a ticket cannot be ruled out. I do not know if this seat is going to be with the Shiv Sena or with BJP. What I know is that I have been loyal to the BJP for the past 42 years.” The list also featured the BJP’s candidate for the Satara Lok Sabha by-election, erstwhile NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale, who filed his nomination papers on Tuesday.Other opposition leaders accommodated on the list are Vaibhav Pichad from Akole, Jaykumar Gore from Man, Madan Bhosale from Wai, Ranajagjitsinha Patil from Tuljapur, Shivendraraje Bhosale from Satara and Sandeep Naik from Airoli. Notable names missing include Education Minister Vinod Tawde, Kalyan MLA Narendra Pawar, Kothrud MLA Medha Kulkarni and Mumbai MLA Sardar Tara Singh.