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‘Nothing can stop this’ — Gurugram Muslims say after brutal attack on meat transporter Lukman


A narrow bylane in the meat market of Sadar Bazaar, Badshahpur, Gurugram | Photo: Simrin Sirur | ThePrint
A narrow bylane in the meat market of Sadar Bazaar, Badshahpur, Gurugram | Photo: Simrin Sirur | ThePrint


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Badshahpur, Gurugram: For 20 long minutes last Friday, Fakhruddin watched as a man he knew, Lukman Khan, lay on the ground, writhing from blows delivered by a group of eight to ten men who also used a hammer to beat him.

Lukman was nearly beaten to death by the group on the eve of Eid al-Adha at Sadar Bazaar in Gurugram’s Badshahpur area. Fakhruddin tried to help, but was told by a man from the group that he would be shot if he dared to come any closer.

“I don’t know if they (the group of men) had a gun or not, but in that situation, who will actually come forward?” Fakhruddin told ThePrint Sunday afternoon.

Fakhruddin, who works in the meat market at Sadar Bazaar, Badshahpur, and knows Lukman, the man who was attacked | Photo: Simrin Sirur | ThePrint
Fakhruddin, who works in the meat market at Sadar Bazaar, Badshahpur, and knows Lukman, the man who was attacked | Photo: Simrin Sirur | ThePrint

Fakhruddin, who prefers to use only his first name, has lived in this locality all 26 years of his life. He works in one of the bazaar’s meat shops, which stand in a small lane nestled between a mosque and a temple. Every year for the last six years, he said, Eid celebrations have been marred by veiled threats and abuse by local cow vigilante groups.

“This may have been the first time someone was actually grievously injured, but we are used to threats and abuses. Someone or the other comes around this time of year to tell us they will shut down the market and accuse us of trading cow meat,” Fakhruddin said.

A case in point occurred in 2016, when Izhaar Qureishi, who works in his father’s meat shop in the same market, was transporting meat — he was allegedly cornered by a group of vigilantes and shot at.

“I dodged the bullet and got out of there. They accused me of transporting beef, when everyone knows we don’t deal with anything illegal. We didn’t bother filing a case because I wasn’t injured, but even if we did, nothing would have come of it. The law is in their hands, no one will stop them,” Izhaar said.

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