A 31-year-old man was allegedly thrashed In Nagpur on the suspicion of carrying beef

Nagpur police are investigating the incident and trying to find out whether the men were ‘cow vigilantes’. Photo: Reuters.

Nagpur: A 31-year-old man was allegedly thrashed by a set of persons in Nagpur on the meaning of carrying beef, a police official said on Thursday.

The authorities have arrested four persons in this connection.

Salim Ismail Sheikh, a resident of the district Katol city, was returning home on Wednesday evening on his bike when 5-6 men apprehended him at a bus stop from Bharsingi village of Nagpur rural and requested him to eliminate the two-wheeler.

The guys asked him to show the meat he had been carrying in the storage compartment of his bike. Sheikh suffered injuries in the assault on his face and neck. He had been admitted to a hospital at Nagpur and discharged Thursday, police said.

After the incident, the victim lodged a complaint against unidentified persons. The authorities were able to establish the identity of the accused by the incident video clip which went viral, an official said.

Two of the accused were detained on Wednesday night, and as many others were taken into custody on Thursday afternoon, the SP said.

IPC's section 326 brings a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.

The SP stated the meat was seized and sent to a forensic lab in Nagpur for testing. The report is awaited. To a question, he said the authorities are currently investigating the incident and trying to discover whether the guys were 'vigilantes.' The incident is being probed from all angles, he added.