How many people have been beaten to death in India since the 2015 lynching of Mohammed Akhlaq in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri?
Ever since the BJP government came to power in 2014, violence against Muslims and Dalits has been on the rise, particularly in the Hindi-heartland. The cow vigilante groups, non-state Hindutva militias that are hunting down “beef eaters” and cattle traders have repeatedly targeted Muslims in states such as Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand. When the police chiefs in the respective states say they take necessary actions against the perpetrators of such acts, the spiral of violence point to their failure amid a growing sense of insecurity among Muslims living in these States. Here are a number of incidents where Indians were beaten to death by their compatriots over the last two years.
28 September 2015: Mohammed Akhlaq (54) was beaten to death with sticks and bricks in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, over rumours that he had beef at home.
14 October 2015: Noman (22), a cattle trader, was beaten to death at Sarahan in Himachal Pradesh by villagers who said he was involved in cattle smuggling.
18 March 2016: Mazlum Ansari (32) and Imteyaz Khan (15), both cattle traders, were found hanging from a tree in Balumath, Jharkhand. Ansari and Khan were beaten to death by cow vigilantes and hanged, according to police.
6 July 2016: Rama Singrahiya (42), a Dalit agriculture worker, was beaten to death using clubs and axes by a group of upper cate men near Rajkot, Gujarat
5 April 2017: Pehlu Khan (55) was lynched by a crowd of 200 cow vigilantes in Alwar, Haryana.
28 April 2017: Ghulam Mohammad (45) was beaten to death in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, over a a distant relative boy having eloped with a Hindu girl. Hindu Yuva Vahini, founded by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in 2002, is blamed for the murder.
18 May 2017: Sheikh Naim (35), Sheikh Sajju (25) and Sheikh Siraj (26), all cattle traders, were lynched in a village near Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Police say the attackers mistook them as child kidnappers and assaulted them.
16 June 2017: Zaffar Hussein, a CPI(ML) activist, was lynched in a village near Udaipur, Rajasthan allegedly by government officials for resisting taking photographs of women defecating in open
22 June 2017: Hafiz Junaid (16) was beaten and stabbed to death on a train to Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, by fellow travellers. Eye witnesses say the attackers called Junaid and his friends “anti-nationals” and “beef eaters” while beating them.
23 June 2017: Mohammed Ayub Pandith (57), Deputy Superintendent of Police, was lynched outside Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid.