The auto driver was brutally thrashed when he refused to chant 'Bharat mata ki jai' and 'Jai Hanuman' as directed by the cow vigilantes.
At least five people were allegedly beaten up by cow vigilants on the suspicion of carrying beef in Faridabad district of Haryana, news agency IANS reported.
Meanwhile, the victims' family has denied that they were carrying cow meat.
The worse factor is that Haryana Police booked the victims for allegedly carrying beef instead of holding the culprits accountable.
"It's like a wild banana republic out there (in Haryana)", lashed out Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha at the Manohar Lal Khattar government.
Azad was driving the auto rickshaw in Faridabad to deliver buffalo meat to a shop. "Further action will be taken after probing the matter", SHO, Mujesar police station, Vinod Singh, said.
The Faridabad police have registered a case against the victim under the state's cow smuggling law.
According to The Hindu reports, they also thrash the other four persons who came for his rescue.
The victim is identified as Azaad, an disabled man who works as an auto-rickshaw driver and also a meat supplier. It was only later when a lab report confirmed that it was actually buffalo meat and when media pressure mounted that the police booked the accused for violence. The apex court had asked all state governments to appoint a senior police officer as a nodal officer in each district to ensure that incidents of cow vigilantism are prevented and dealt with effectively.