3 Bajrang Dal activists booked in Karnataka for assaulting Assamese youth

The Bajrang Dal activists tied the 25-year-old Assamese youth to an electric pole and assaulted him on suspicion of carrying beef.

ByMahesh M Goudar

Published Jan 29, 2023 | 10:24 PM Updated Jan 29, 2023 | 10:25 PM

A screen grab from the video of a 25-year-old Assamese had been reportedly tied to an electric pole and assaulted by the Bajrang Dal activists on the suspicion of carrying beef meat at Gonibeedu village near Mudigere taluka in Chikkamagaluru on Sunday.

The Chikkamagaluru police in Karnataka registered a First Investigation Report (FIR) against three Bajrang Dal activists for reportedly assaulting an Assamese youth at the Gonibeedu village in the Mudigere taluka on Sunday, 29 January.

The trio allegedly tied the 25-year-old Assamese — a daily wage worker at one of the coffee estates in the Mudigere taluka — to an electric pole and thrashed him on the suspicion that he was carrying beef in his two-wheeler.

The victim filed a complaint against the members of the Hindu outfit at the Gonibeedu Police Station.

Based on the complaint, the police filed an FIR on the incident. However, the cops did not disclose the identity of the victim.

The video of the incident went viral on all social media platforms.

Confirming the incident, a police sub-inspector attached to the Gonibeedu Police Station told South First: “Prima facie, three unidentified youths assaulted an Assamese daily wage labourer in Gonibeedu. They tied him to an electric pole on the suspicion of supplying and transporting beef for his coworkers in the coffee estate.”

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The cop added: “We have recovered the video clips connected to the case. An investigative team is verifying the videos to identify the miscreants involved in the case. An FIR has been registered against three persons, who are absconding.”

He also said: “The victim registered a complaint against the assaulters, based on which an investigation has been launched. No arrests have been made connected to the case.”

The PSI added: “A counter complaint was also filed by the Hindu outfit against the victim for carrying beef. We have sent the recovered meat for forensic examination. We are waiting for the FSL report.”

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In 2021, the then BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government passed the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act, 2020.

The law banned the slaughter of cows, calves, bulls, and bullocks of all ages and buffaloes below the age of 13 years. It also made it illegal to buy, sell, transport and trade all cattle.