Muslim man allegedly lynched by cow vigilantes in Bihar, why is CM silent?

Victim, Mohammad Khaleel Alam, was reportedly a JDU member, his body was later burnt and the accused claimed it was to send a message


“This is Hindutva, merely making an organisation is not enough. It has to be run also. That man was with me in my NGO, this is a case of cow slaughter… we just beat him up, i didn’t kill him. He died on his own… we made a video so I could bring it [the victim pleading] in front of the world,” the voice is calm; the speaker is a man who has been accused of allegedly killing a Muslim man identified as Mohammad Khaleel Alam, whose body was later burnt as well.

In the video, the accused is talking about, Alam is heard pleading for his life as he is questioned rather than accused of eating beef. Cornered, Alam tries to convince the man filming and ‘interrogating him’ that he will never eat bovine meat again, and has never ever fed it to his children. The fear in his eye is haunting, he perhaps said that to protect the children from harm, and accepted eating the ‘forbidden’ meat even if he had not. The inetrogator abuses him with vile sexual inuendoes invovind his mother, so often used by violent men.

According to news report, the Hindutva lynch mob murdered Alam, and burnt his body in Samastipur, Bihar, a few days ago. The video just came to light, days after it was uploaded on Instagram.

According to a report in NDTV, Mohammad Khaleel Alam, was a Janata Dal (United) party member from Samastipur district. The assailants, heard in the video footage, are heard forcing the victim to tell them where “cows are slaughtered” and name the people involved. He mentions a ‘fakir’. They continue taunting him and accusing him of consuming beef and asking if he fed it to his children as well. They ask him whether the Quran tells him to consume beef. “No, it is not written in the book,” says the terrified man. The hate speech and expletives continue to rain upon him.

However, according to news reports, the local police “deny the allegation and claim it’s a diversionary tactic to cover up a murder.” They however say that one accused was arrested and this video was made before the murder, to give the incident a communal colour.

“We did not kill him for money. Video was made to create awareness,” the Hindutva goon reportedly claimed on February 16. According to news reports, the accused killed the victim who they had abducted, soon after this video of his, burnt his body and threw it into a river.

The self-professed cow vigilantes, according to a report in NDTV, had allegedly beaten Alam to death and buried his body in a ditch, other reports claim they doused the body with petrol and set it on fire. They allegedly then sprayed salt on his body and buried it so that it would decay faster. Bihar’s Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav tweeted a Hindi news clipping of the incident late last night and said this was an example of the situation of law and order under the NDA government of Bihar, and demanded that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speak up.


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