Crime
As news of the attack went viral, #beef4life and #WeLoveBeef began to trend on Twitter.

At 3.18 pm on Thursday, 24-year-old Mohamed Fisan, a resident of Perumal Koil street in Keevaloor, Nagapattinam, posted a picture of him eating curry on Facebook. With a large piece of meat sticking from the bowl, Mohamed’s smiling picture carried the caption – "You can say a thousand things, but beef curry is beef curry".

Little did he know that within four hours of posting this picture, he would be subjected to a brutal attack for an act as innocent as relishing his meal.

Around to 7 pm that day, four men – N Dinesh Kumar (28), R Agathian (29), A Ganesh Kumar (27) and M Mohankumar (28) – attacked Mohamed on the streets. According to police sources, he was stabbed with a knife and beaten with iron rods.

But Mohamed, speaking to the media from a bed in the Nagapattinam government hospital, insisted that his attackers belong to the a right wing group.

"After my Facebook post on the beef curry, some members of the Hindu Makkal Katchi opposed it," he alleges. "They yelled at me saying I can't eat beef curry. But I insisted it was my right. They then took sickles and rods to beat me. They were wearing masks and only let me go because a police officer came to the spot," he adds.

As news of the attack went viral, #beef4life nad #beef began to trend on Twitter. Several social media users pointed out that they have the right to choose what to eat and began to post pictures of beef dishes in response to the attack.

 

 

 

The four attackers have been arrested and booked under Indian Penal Code Sections 153(A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc), 307 (Attempt to murder), 506(ii) (Criminal intimidation), 324 (Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means) and 294 (b) (Uttering obscene words in a public place).