The UP Police arrested four persons for allegedly beating up a pick-up van driver over suspicion that he was transporting beef and smuggling cattle.
The members of a cow vigilante group stopped the pick-up van at Raal village in Mathura and beat up the driver identified as Amir. Later, residents of Raal village also arrived at the spot and thrashed the driver.
The villagers also beat up two members of the cow vigilante group — Vikas Sharma and Balram Thakur — mistaking them to be the associates of Amir.
The video of the incident, in which a mob can be seen beating a man while his shift has been riffed off, has gone viral on social media.
The police have registered two FIRs at Jait police station.
The first FIR was based on Amir’s complaint in which 16 people, including Vikas Sharma and Balram Thakur, have been named. Another FIR was filed by Vikas Sharma against 14 named and 120-150 unidentified persons alleging that the accused took away his gold chain and a wristwatch.
The police added that no beef was found in the vehicle and added that Amir was carrying bones of dead animals to a factory in Sikandra Rao in Hathras.