Faridabad : An auto-rickshaw driver and four of his friends were allegedly thrashed by a group of cow vigilantes on the suspicion that they were carrying beef on Friday, police said on Saturday. However, it emerged during the initial investigation that it was buffalo meat that Azad, the auto-rickshaw driver, and his friends were transporting, they said.

Police have now registered a case based on the statement of the auto-rickshaw driver and the meat has been sent to a forensic lab for further tests, officials said. According to officials, the injured Azad told them that he and four of his friends were returning from Fatehpur Billauch area to Old Faridabad on Friday with buffalo meat.

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