The men in the car, who were carrying about 450kg meat to Mumbai, were intercepted on the Sinnar-Ghoti Road by a group of 10-15 people. They were beaten up with iron rods and sticks. Both were still alive when the police reached the spot. One of the injured men, identified as Afaan Abdul Majid Ansari, a 32-year-old resident of Qureshi Nagar in Mumbai’s Kurla, died in the hospital. The condition of the other man, Nasir Hussain Shaikh (also a Kurla resident), is stable. Based on Shaikh’s complaint police have registered an FIR for an offence punishable under relevant IPC sections for murder, attempt to murder, rioting etc.
The spot where they were attacked, incidentally, is barely 20-25km from the location where two cattle transporters were beaten up by a mob on June 8. One of them was found dead on June 10. Nashik Rural SP Shahaji Umap said Ghoti police have arrested 11 people based on their mobile locations and CCTV footage that the police scanned.
The meat, meanwhile, has been sent to the forensic lab. Nashik Rural deputy SP Sunil Bhamre said, “The meat will be tested to find out if it was buffalo meat or beef.”
Umap said the police had learnt from Shaikh that he and Ansari were on their way to Mumbai from Ahmednagar in their car. “When it was at a toll naka in Sinnar, someone spotted the meat inside the car. Shaikh feels that person may have told others about their car and the fact that they were carrying meat. That is why the attackers were able to intercept their car,” said Umap
Man killed on suspicion of carrying beef, 11 held
We are also investigating who at Sinnar toll naka could have alerted the attackers in Ghoti,” he added.
Those arrested hail from areas like Ghoti, and Sinnar Wadivarhe.
Shraddha Gandhas, the assistant inspector of the Ghoti police station, said, “The incident took place around 5.30pm near the Gambhirwadi phata on the Sinnar-Ghoti Road. Ansari and Shaikh were carrying some meat. They were going towards Mumbai when they were stopped and attacked with iron rods and wooden sticks.”
The area falls within the jurisdiction of the Ghoti police station in Igatpuri taluka, Nashik rural. On getting information about the attack, police personnel immediately went to the incident spot and found the ransacked car and the two injured men inside. Bhamre said, “The police rushed the injured men to a private hospital. Ansari died there while undergoing treatment.”