15/10/2017 12:36 PM IST | Updated 15/10/2017 12:46 PM IST

Differently Abled Auto Rickshaw Driver Beaten Up On Suspicions Of Carrying Beef, Even As Akhlaq's Murder Accused Land Govt Jobs

They wanted him to chant "Jai Hanuman".

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A cow holds a copy of a news paper on the outskirts of Srinagar, August 5, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Five men, including a disabled auto rickshaw driver, became the latest victims to a vicious attack by self-styled "gau rakshaks" (cow protectors) in Faridabad on Friday morning.

Azad, along with a 14-year-old boy Sonu, were reportedly stopped by six men at the outskirts of Delhi on suspicion of carrying beef. They were carrying meat to a local shop, and reportedly told the men they were not carrying beef but would go to the police station with them if required. However, these men allegedly beat the two of them even as a crowd of over 40 people watched. When Azad's family members rushed to the spot and tried to save him, they were allegedly beaten up as well.

"When I could no longer take the pain... I fell unconscious," he told NDTV. The attackers waited for him to regain consciousness and ordered him to chant "Jai Hanuman", he told the channel. They even threatened to feed him pork, which is against his religion, if he didn't comply.

According to the report, the police was registered a case against the victims for "cow smuggling" but withdrew it after it was determined to be buffalo meat.

Meanwhile, 15 men, who were accused of lynching Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri two years ago on suspicions of eating beef, have been given government jobs, reported The Hindu. Local Bharatiya Janata Party leader Tejpal Nagar got them the jobs with India's largest energy conglomerate NTPC Limited, according to the report.

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