The police in north-eastern Assam’s Biswanath district picked up five people after a mob assaulted a 68-year-old man for allegedly selling beef at his restaurant.
The incident happened on Sunday afternoon but came to light on Monday after a video of the assault was uploaded on social media. The man, identified as Shaukat Ali, sustained injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
“We picked up five people, including two market committee leaders, in a bid to disperse the mob. They were allowed to go after signing a good behaviour bond under Section 107 of Code of Criminal Procedure,” a district administration official said. He added that some locals had been warning Mr. Ali not to sell what they believed was beef. Things came to a head when a group went to inspect his eatery on Sunday.
Mohammed Sahabuddin, the brother of Mr. Ali, later filed an FIR at the local police station.