Patna, Sep 3: Communal violence gripped a village in Bihar’s Bhojpur district on Sunday over the suspicions of killing a cow, police said.
State police nabbed two people in connection with the incident and recovered beef.
A group of Gau Rakshaks on Sunday morning surrounded a house of a Muslim family in Bhojpur’s Abhgila village, about 60 km from Patna, over the speculation of cow slaughter.
“Rumours of killing of a cow spread like wildfire and soon people from neighbouring villages surrounded the Muslim family’s house,” an officer of Sahar police station told news agency IANS.
“Police were informed and a team reached there, and managed to pacify angry villagers with an assurance that strict action will be taken against offenders.”
However, an elected local body representative on condition of anonymity said that the timely arrival of the cops averted a disaster as the mob, instigated by Bajrang Dal activists and Bharatiya Janata Party workers, was about to torch the Muslim family’s house.
“If police team had arrived half an hour later, the situation would have been very different because some people were asking to kill those who killed a cow,” he said.
Authorities have admitted that tension prevails between two communities in the village.
Earlier on this day, last month, a group of people led by cow vigilantes assaulted a truck driver and two others on a mere suspicion of transporting beef. Later, all three men were arrested after being rescued from the mob.
Last month, in a similar incident, seven Muslims were held in Dumra village in West Champaran district for allegedly killing a calf and consuming its meat.