East Godavari: Amid huge uproar over the flogging of a Dalit family at Una in Gujarat over cow vigilantism, a mob of ‘gau rakshaks’ allegedly beat up two Dalits in East Godavari district after they skinned a cow which had died due to electrocution.
The incident took place at Janakipeta in Amalapuram town of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh. According to NDTV, two Dalit brothers Mokati Elisha and Lazer were allegedly tied to a coconut tree, stripped and thrashed.
After the cow died following electrocution, its owner, a farmer, engaged the two Dalits, for skinning the animal before it was buried on Monday night, said the police.
On getting to know of the skinning, the ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow vigilantes) went to the place and beat up the two men, suspecting that they had killed the animal.
The two were admitted to a hospital in Amalapuram for treatment and Elisha’s condition is said to be serious.
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“We have registered a case under SCs/STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against some persons, who are yet to be identified. We are investigating the case and gathering clues about the suspects,” a police official from Amalapuram told PTI.
A day ago, in a crackdown on cow vigilantes, a case has been registered against the chief of Gau Raksha Dal for allegedly thrashing people in the name of cow protection.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had strongly rebuked cow vigilantes, saying most of them were ‘anti-social’ elements who were running ‘shops’ in the name of cow protection.
(With PTI inputs)