The police in Jharkhand’s Koderma district arrested seven people from Nawadih village on Wednesday for allegedly assaulting one person on the suspicion that he had served “banned meat” at his son’s wedding reception, PTI reported.
A few villagers reportedly found hooves and bones in a field behind Jumman Mian’s house on Tuesday and beat him up. They vandalised his home as well as his neighbours’, and damaged vehicles. The mob also allegedly targeted a place of worship.
Mian, who is a tailor, claimed that only fish and chicken were served at Monday night’s function, The Telegraph reported. He was taken to a hospital in Ranchi after a police inspector saved him from the mob. The inspector was also injured, the police said.
After the incident, the district administration imposed prohibitory orders in and around the village. The situation is now under control, Koderma Superintendent of Police Shivani Tiwari told reporters. She said the police have sent the hooves for forensic test. Extra forces have been deployed to maintain law and order, Tiwari added.
In March, a Jharkhand court sentenced 11 people to life for lynching a Muslim trader last year. They had beaten the 55-year-old man to death in Ramgarh district on the suspicion of carrying beef in his van.