Two Muslim women who were suspected to be carrying beef were beaten at a railway station in Madhya Pradesh, India.
The footage of the incident shows the police standing by as a group of a right-wing extremists assault two Muslim women, identified as Salma Ismail Mewati and Shameem Akhtar Hussain, both of whom are residents of Khanpura locality of Mandsaur town.
The victims were arrested on Tuesday, but after investigations, an official said that the meat seized from them was buffalo meat. Killing buffalo is not illegal in Madhya Pradesh.
After the statement, the police withdrew the sections under anti-cow slaughter and booked the women under the cattle preservation law.
“The women will be released on bail because we have conveyed to the court that it was buffalo meat,” said Vijay Rao, an officer investigating the case.
“Action would be initiated against those who tried to take the law in their hands,” Home Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Bhupender Singh, said on Wednesday.
The shocking incident comes days after four members of a Dalit family were flogged publicly by a group of gau rakshaks for skinning a dead cow in Una town of Gir Somnath district in Gujarat.
In another incident in January this year, a Muslim couple were beaten up at the Khirkiya railway by members of the gau raksha samiti on suspicion that they were carrying beef.