The charred remains of two Muslim men were found in a burnt vehicle in Bhiwani citt, northern Haryana state, India on Thursday.
According to a statement from a police official on Friday, February 17, the six people allegedly involved in the vigilante action that resulted in the death of the two Muslim men have been arrested by the police in the state of Rajasthan, North India.
The victims’ families and few residents of Ghatmeeka village, revealed that members of the right wing Bajrang Del led by Monu Manesar kidnapped two Muslim men, Junaid and Nasir, from Bharatpur in Rajasthan, then beat and burned them.
The victim’s family members have reportedly filed a First Information Report (FIR) at the Gopalgarh police station in Rajasthan against five people allegedly involved in the assault on the victims.
The bodies of the two Muslim men have handed over to the families after post-mortems were carried out.
The police officer said that the victims was allegedly killed because one of them allegedly involved in cow smuggling, and they are investigating this case further.
In a statement, Bharatpur range police official, Gaurav Srivastava, further explained that the six people who were arrested are currently under interrogation. It was confirmed that those arrested were members of Bajrang Del but it was not certain whether or not they were involved in the deaths of the two Muslim men who were found burned to death.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said he strongly condemned the incident and said that the police had been instructed to take strict action in this case.
Another figure who also condemned this incident was All Indian Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimen (AIMIM) chairman Assasudin Owaisi who condemned the killing of two Muslim men, Junaid and Nasir, by an organized gang in Haryana which he accused of being supported by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Cows are widely known as sacred animals and killing it is prohibited in many states in India.
India is witnessing an increase in attacks as well as killings of Muslim cow owners in the name of cow protection by Hindu nationalist groups allegedly organized by right-wing groups close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s BJP party.