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Angry Villagers set Truck on Fire in Mathura after they saw Cow’s blood spilling out of it

The blockade was lifted when police ensured the villagers that the culprits will be punished according to National Security Act

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  • A truck carrying bovines overturned, killing 11 cows and injuring around 12
  • Villagers set the truck on fire in a fit of rage as Cow is considered sacred in Hinduism
  • A total of 30 cows were found dead in the truck

It has been nine months since Dadri mob lynching Mohammad Akhlaq was killed only on doubt of consuming cow’s meat (beef). There has been several incidents which highlights rise in Intolerance in India. There were several incidents of violence in past years on name of religion.

These incidents of violence are not new when it comes to religion. Recently, a truck was set ablaze on fire by people. It all started when villagers of Chaumuhan area in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh saw blood dripping from the truck. They stopped the truck and removed the plastic cover. They were shocked that the truck was carrying dead bodies of around thirty cows.

“A total of 30 cows were found dead in the truck,” SDM Chatta, Vishwa Bhusan Mishra quoted Zee news.

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According to Zee News report, the villagers set the truck on fire in a fit of rage as Cow is considered sacred in Hinduism. After that they started protesting and demanded arrest of culprits and blocked National Highway 2. After that Deputy SP Chatta, Peeyush Kumar, Dy SP Mathura, Chakrapani Tripathi along with Mishra went to the spot immediately accompanied with heavy police force.

Violence in Mathura. Image source: PTI
Violence in Mathura. Image source: PTI

The blockade was lifted when police ensured the villagers that the culprits will be punished according to National Security Act.

On June 2 2016, a similar kind of incident took place when a truck carrying bovines overturned, killing 11 cows and injuring around 12. The truck was coming from Agra and when villagers saw that the cows are killed, they set the truck on fire.

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The villagers also set fire on two wheelers and four wheelers in that area. The truck driver and other flee from the spot. Police has a doubt that they all were smugglers and is carrying on the probe.

Cow slaughter (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Cow slaughter (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Last year UP’s district Mainpuri countered the same problem on rumors of cow slaughter in that area. Villagers set the nearby vehicles on fire and threw stones on both of them. After that ADG confirmed that there was no signs of cow slaughter.

“No injury or cut marks were found on the carcass. The two men who were ferrying the dead cow have been booked under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act nonetheless and further probes are on.” ADG Daljit Singh quoted Times of India.

-This report is compiled by a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This doesn’t prove that the accident was religious. It was just an accident. This shouldn’t be taken to any other level

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Emergence of Radical Political Groups Raises Concern in Pakistan

Concerns are being voiced about how a few radical groups with proven terror ties have been allowed to re-brand themselves as political parties.

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Rising concerns in Pakistan regarding radical terrorist groups establishing themselves as political parties. VOA
Rising concerns in Pakistan regarding radical terrorist groups establishing themselves as political parties. VOA
  • Tension in Pakistan increasing due to emergence of Radical Political Groups.
  • Extremist groups are gaining a footing in Country’s politics.
  • According to reports, goverment’s efforts are not enough to stop the emerging radicalism in Pakistan.

Concerns are being voiced in Pakistan about how a few radical groups with proven terror ties have been allowed to re-brand themselves as political parties.

Taj Haider, one of the prominent and founding members of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), which has been in power five times since 1970, told VOA the country is again seeing the trend of extremist groups camouflaging themselves to enter into politics.

“Religion and politics cannot go hand in hand, but unfortunately this is our new reality. We have seen the recent by-elections in Lahore and Peshawar where militant-turned-political parties were able to mobilize people and gather votes,” Haider said. “And these so-called new political parties, with proven terror records, look determined to contest the upcoming elections in 2018.”

In a recent high-level party meeting presided by PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Pakistan’s slain Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the government was sharply criticized on its inability to forcefully implement the National Action Plan and bar proscribed groups from entering the political sphere.

The National Action Plan is a 20-point strategy devised to combat extremism in 2015 that clearly states no banned groups can operate in the country by changing their names or identity.

Analysts say many other political parties are also agitated and wary about the recent political dynamic that has allowed radicalized groups to enter the political arena.

“The government has repeatedly said it will not allow the hardliners to enter into politics, but the reality is different, these parties are going into masses,” Rasul Baksh Raees, a prominent analyst from Pakistan told VOA.

“As long as these proscribed groups stick to their extreme ideologies and violence, they will be a danger to the society and democracy itself.”

Hafiz Saeed
Hafiz Saeed, head of the Pakistani religious party. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

PPP’s acute criticism came as Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind of 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and leader of Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), inaugurated the office of his newly launched political party Milli Muslim League (MML) in the eastern city of Lahore.

Pakistan’s Election Commission rejected MML’s party registration application in October, citing its link to Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a U.S. designated terror-sponsoring organization.

But MML looks determined to contest the upcoming state and provincial elections. The party has several offices, has launched a website, and has a social media team spreading its messages through Facebook and Twitter.

Pakistan’s government has repeatedly emphasized it will not tolerate any political party with a proven record of promoting violence and terrorism to use democracy and political means to spread their extreme ideologies.

But critics still say the government is not doing enough to stop radical groups from entering politics.

“Look what happened in Lahore’s recent by-election and who can forget the power show by extremists on the roads of Islamabad. The government was totally helpless,” Raees said.

During the Lahore election in September, a MML backed independent candidate secured the fourth position in the race. The by-election was also contested by Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TeL), another extremist religious party created to carry-on Mumtaz Qadri’s mission, the bodyguard who killed Punjab’s Governor Salman Taseer in 2011 after he had demanded reforms in the controversial blasphemy law. Mumtaz Qadri was later sentenced to death.

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Supporters of the Tehreek-e-Labaik party (VOA)

In November, thousands of followers of the Islamist group Tehreek-e-Labaik blocked Islamabad roads for weeks and demanded the resignation of Law Minister Zahid Hamid, after accusing him of blasphemy. The government eventually surrendered to hardliners’ demands after Pakistan’s military played the role of mediator.

The experts say the emerging trend of politicizing militancy is a danger to democracy. They also point out the sectarian and hardline rationale will further complicate the situation in the country that has been trying to combat terrorism for more than a decade.

“Imagine when these hardliners, through political parties, will spread their extreme views on the grassroots level. What will be the future of this country?” Raees said.

But some politicians dismiss the blending of radicalized groups into politics. Haider believes the people of Pakistan can differentiate between politicians and extremists and will not allow militant-turned-politicians to thrive.

“If you look at the past, the religious parties including the Jamaat-i-Islami [an old religious party], despite having a huge following, were never able to clean sweep or get majority in the electoral process of the country,” said Haider.

“Even now, with all these efforts, I believe Milli Muslim League or Tehreek-e-Labaik will not be able to pull large numbers during the general elections. Religious or sectarian votes are scattered in the country and can’t be unified and will not help these newly established political parties to win a prominent number of seats.” VOA