The historical region of Mewat which consists of modern-day Nuh district of Haryana and adjacent parts of Rajasthan and UP is one of the hubs of the illegal beef mafia which has its tentacles all over Bharat. The Mewati cow smugglers are some of the most vicious and hardened criminals in the country.
In a recent incident, Gurugram Police and Gaurakshak Dal (a volunteer group for cow protection) chased a pick-up truck carrying stolen cows for around 22 km. Shocking video footage (archive link) has emerged which shows the criminals throwing helpless cows – a kind, loving animal considered sacred by Hindus – from their high-speed truck onto the road to obstruct and crash the police vehicles hot in pursuit.
As per a local journalist, 6 cow smugglers were arrested, including Tasleem, Shahid, Khalid, Ballu, Papa. All of them are residents of Nuh district. Two of them fractured their limbs when they jumped off a flyover to evade capture. The criminals kept driving their vehicle on the metal rim of a wheel after a tyre burst, thus endangering other motorists as well.
Such deadly encounters between police and cow smugglers, in which several policemen have died or got injured, are common in these parts – exhibit A, exhibit B, exhibit C. The gau rakshaks, who assist police in ending this deadly smuggling racket, are mostly villagers whose cattle is targeted by the criminals.
However, Hinduphobic English-language media brands them ‘vigilantes’ and manufactures outrage whenever a smuggler is caught and thrashed – propaganda outlets like The Wire even label smugglers as ‘dairy farmers’ in an effort to create sympathy for them and demonize the Hindu villagers.