Four labourers were thrashed by some unidentified youth in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district on 29 May for allegedly having meat near a religious site. Despite there being no formal complaint regarding the incident, a suo motu FIR has been registered against six people, two of whom have been identified as one Adesh Valmiki and Manish.A video of the incident, which is now viral on social media, shows the four labourers being beaten up with belts by the unidentified men as they were seated to eat their meal. The labourers had arrived at Bareilly’s Baheri after being hired by a mason, reported news agency IANS.2 Hindu Sena Members Held For Shutting Down Gurugram Meat ShopsSpeaking to IANS, the police said that the fact that two of the labourers belonged to a minority community could have triggered the incident.“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 take meal sitting under the tree,” Baheri station house officer Dhanajay Singh told IANS.The victims, however, told reporters that they were eating a vegetarian meal, when they began to be thrashed by the youth.According to the report on The Times of India, two teams have been set up by the local police to nab the accused, who are now absconding.Meanwhile, speaking to the daily, Singh said that though it could not be ascertained if the victims were indeed eating meat as was alleged, “nobody has a right to assault anybody just because one is taking a meal of his choice.”(With inputs from The Times of India) We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.