Mob thrash cow vigilantes in Ahmed Nagar near Pune

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

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First of its kind that cow vigilantes have been beaten up in Ahmed Nagar district of Maharashtra. According to media reports, a mob of 50 persons attacked a group of cow vigilantes when they tried to intercept a tempo near Shrigonda police station in Ahmed Nagar district of the state of Maharashtra.

The cow vigilantes belong to the Pune based Akhil Bhartiya Krushi Sewa Sangh. According to one member of the group of cow vigilantes, identified as Shivshankar Rajendra Swami, said a team of 12 had come to Shrigonda taluka to lookout for vehicles illegally transporting cows to an animal market that is held in Kashti village every Saturday.

According to Police Inspector Bajirao Powar of Shrigonda area, the mob, including the tempo’s driver and owner and local butchers, attacked the gau rakshaks, Mid-Day reported.

Deputy Superintendent of Ahmednagar Police Sudarshan Munde said they had booked around 30 people for attempt to murder, dacoity and other sections of the Indian Penal Code based on Swami’s complaint. “Seven persons were injured in the incident,” he said.

Two cows and ten oxen were seized, the complainant claimed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier warned cow vigilantes. “Killing people in the name of cow is unacceptable. No one has the right to take law into his/her hands. We belong to a land of non-violence. Violence is not the solution to any problem,” said the Prime Minister in a public meeting. In spite of his warnings, cow vigilantism continued and even reported recently in Bihar with the formation of new government.

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