According to Gulf News
, in the video, which was recorded in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly city, the four workers could be seen cowering as a group of men beat them with belts and shoes.
The mob also hurled abuses at the group, asking them what they were eating.
One of the workers could be heard apologising with his hands folded and saying that the meat they were eating was of a buffalo. According to reports, the men were sitting near a place of worship.
“Four unidentified labourers had been hired for construction work at a residence. During lunch break, they had gone to a nearby devasthan
(a miniature shrine with idols of gods usually near shady trees) to have a meal sitting under the tree,” police officer Dhananjay Singh was quoted as saying.
Kashmiris targeted by angry mobs across India
In India, the slaughter of cows is banned in certain states. The current Chief Minister of UP, Yogi Aditynath, took strong action against illegal slaughterhouses and implemented a blanket ban on cow smuggling soon after he was elected to office in 2017. This led to several incidents of lynching by ‘cow vigilantes’ over the years.
Bareilly police took notice of the incident and have registered a case against four identified persons and three unidentified persons.