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Nuh: For 25-year-old Lukman Khan, who was beaten by a mob of eight to 10 men with hammers for transporting meat in Gurugram, life may never be the same again.

On 31 July, on the eve of Eid-al-Adha, Lukman survived being lynched by self-proclaimed cow vigilantes who had apprehended him as he was transporting buffalo meat to Gurugram’s Sadar Bazar.

Now, he cannot move without wincing and doesn’t know when he will be able to feed himself again, let alone walk.

“They beat me for what felt like three hours. Better to have left me dead than in this condition,” he told the reporter.

Lukman’s face and ribs are bruised from where he was kicked and struck with a hammer. His legs, arms and head are heavily bandaged, and an inky stain — a mixture of blood and medicine — marks the place on his forehead where he was hit by his attackers.

He had been working as a meat transporter for a year and would earn about Rs 3,500 a month, but Lukman swears he will never take it up again.

“I think about what happened a lot. They hit me so badly. I will never do this work again,” he said.

The butcher and offer of bovine meat have been carefully prohibited in the BJP-drove province of Haryana since 2015 and self-announced cow vigilantes have regularly utilized rough techniques to safeguard this law. 

"They more likely than not requested that I serenade 'Jai Shree Ram' somewhere in the range of multiple times. At the point when I said it wasn't in my religion and called Allah's name rather, they beat me harder," Lukman said. 

The crowd supposedly drove him to a street in Sohna Chowk before taking him to an incineration ground to consume him alive. It is now that the police at long last mediated.

“I heard them say ‘he’s a Muslim, burn him’ and then I passed out,” he said.

According to Lukman, the incident made one thing clear: “Being a Muslim is a crime in this country. I’ve learned this first hand now.”

Four people have been arrested in Lukman’s case so far. The Station House Officer (SHO) of Badshahpur was also transferred after a viral video showed policemen watching the violence unfold without intervening.
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