Two men in Madhya Pradesh’s Satna district were beaten mercilessly by villagers, who suspected them of being involved in cow slaughter. While Riyaz Khan (45) died post the incident, his friend Shakeel (38) sustained serious injuries and has been admitted to a hospital in Jabalpur.
The incident took place at 3 am on Friday night when the two men were returning to their village Amgara. The villagers intercepted the duo on the way and allegedly beat them with sticks.
Madhya Pradesh Police has arrested four residents of Amgara village on charges of murder and assault. Those arrested have been identified as: Pawan Singh Gond, Vijay Singh Gond, Phool Singh Gond and Narayan Singh Gond. Though the family members of the victims have denied Riyaz and Shakeel being involved in cow slaughter, the police, on complaint of Pawan Singh Gond, has also registered a case against Riyaz and Shakeel under relevant sections of Madhya Pradesh Cow Slaughter Ban Act 2004 and Madhya Pradesh Agriculture Cattle Preservation Act, 1959.
In 2012, MP raised the maximum punishment for cow slaughter from three years imprisonment to seven years, as it amened its rules.