Gau-rakshaks lashed, attacked with sickles in Maharashtra; ten injured

Around 10 cow vigilantes who had intercepted a tempo carrying cows were thrashed by a mob of around 50 people in Srigonda in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district.

The cow vigilantes of Pune’s Akhil Bharat Krishi Gau-Seva Kendra seized the cows that were being transported abattoir by the tempo. The cow vigilantes, also called gau rakshaks, had taken them to a police station to file a complaint against the driver and owner of the tempo.

After they came out of the police station, a mob attacked them with sticks and sickles, injuring 10 of the cow vigilantes. Sources state they were people who owned the cows and some of them owned abbatoirs in the area. The injured gau rakshaks were admitted to a government hospital in Srigonda.

The tempo owner, Wahid Shaikh, and the driver of the tempo, Raju Fatrubhai Shaikh, have been arrested under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar, Sudarshan Munde said, “As per the FIR lodged by Swami, we have booked about 30 persons under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 395 (dacoity) and other sections of the IPC. Seven persons were injured in the incident. Investigation has been initiated to confirm the sequence of events and arrest the assailants.”

Courtesy: Times Now