Man Attacked in Tamil Nadu for Uploading Facebook Photo of Himself Having Beef Soup, 4 Arrested
After the post was shared by those living in his locality, more than 20 people went to Mohammed Faizan’s house and allegedly thrashed him.
Nagapattinam (TN): A Muslim man was allegedly attacked by a group of people at a village near here for uploading a picture of himself consuming beef soup, police said on Friday. Four people have been arrested in this connection, they added.
Twitter users promptly reacted to the incident, with #WeLoveBeef, #BeefForLife, Beef4Life trending on top on Friday evening.
On the orders of District Superintendent of Police TK Rajasekaran, the Kilvelur police registered a case and arrested four people. The accused were identified as Dinesh Kumar, Agathian, Ganeshkumar, and Mohankumar — all in their late 20s. The police have registered cases under various sections, including attempt to murder, of the Indian Penal Code.
Mohammed Faizan, 24, of Poravachery had posted the picture on Facebook on Thursday and also described its taste. After his post was shared by those living in his locality, more than 20 people went to Faizan’s house and questioned him. The group allegedly thrashed and attacked Faizan with a knife. Those living in the neighbourhood came to his rescue and saved him from the mob.
Faizan was later admitted to the government hospital here.
“I went to Chennai to meet my relatives where I had beef soup. I posted the picture after I returned home,” Faizan said. “Five hours later, I was attacked by a group of people. They thrashed me and asked me if I would ever consume beef again.”
Faizan's family has alleged that members of a right-wing group, Hindu Makkal Katchi, are behind the attack.
A member of a group called Hindu Munnani said that several people from the locality have been uploading pictures of beef. “Cow is our God. Despite that, many from Faizan’s locality have been sharing posts on beef,” said Chezhiyan, terming it unacceptable.
Chezhiyan added they had filed a complaint against another person for uploading a similar post a few days ago, but no action was taken.
(With inputs from S Sahadevan)
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