Mastermind of vigilante assault on Muslim meat vendor arrested in UP

Moradabad/UP: Uttar Pradesh Police on Friday arrested Manoj Thakur, head of a self-styled cow vigilante group that attacked a Muslim meat seller, Shakir Qureshi, in Koad village in Moradabad district of the state.

He was arrested after a manhunt of five days, Rashid Khan, a police officer at Katghar station was quoted as saying by The Clarion India.

One more accused was arrested together with Thakur. Earlier, 4 different accused had been arrested in the case, the Moradabad Police said in a tweet.

On 16 May, they caught hold of Shakir when he was carrying buffalo meat. They assaulted him alleging that he was carrying cow meat. They further demanded Rs.50,000 from him. After beating him badly, they handed him over to the police.

Instead of taking immediate action against the assailants, the police first arrested the victim, Shakir, on charges of carrying meat without having a permit and not wearing face mask.

They took action against the cow vigilantes only after a video of the incident went viral, drawing ire from people on social media.

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