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Maharashtra: Gau Rakshak thrashed by mob after forcibly seizing cattle transportation

A mob of around 50 persons allegedly attacked gau rakshaks near Shrigonda police station in Ahmednagar district, Local police said seven gau rakshaks were injured in mob attack. A case of attempt to murder has been registered at the Shrigonda police station.

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According to source, Wahid Shaikh owner of the tempo, and driver Raju Fatrubhai Shaikh were reportedly illegally transporting cows to a slaughterhouse have been arrested under the Maharashtra Animal Preservation Act. Active Gau Rakshak group leader, Shivshankar Rajendra Swami of Pune, who also claims to be a legally appointed ‘honorary animal welfare officer’, said he and a team of 11 gau rakshaks had come to the Shrigonda taluka in the morning to “watch” out for illegal transportation of cows to the famous weekly animal market in Kashti village, held every Saturday.

Swami, 24, who is complainant in 300 cases of alleged illegal cow transportation and slaughtering in Pune and other districts of Maharashtra, who is been assigned 12-hour police protection when within Pune city limits, due to a reported threat to his life. He is a member of the Akhil Bharat Krushi Goseva Sangh founded by Mahatma Gandhi and ‘Gorakhsa Pramukh’ of the Samasta Hindu Aghadi.

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“We got information about a tempo transporting cows illegally. We informed the Shrigonda police about it. With the help of police, the tempo was intercepted near Hotel Tiranga on the Daund-Ahmednagar road, around 1 pm. Ten oxen and two cows were rescued. Later, we went to the Shrigonda police station for lodging a police complaint. We were hungry so we went to a hotel to have food, when we saw an armed mob gathering at the spot. So we again went to the police station and completed filing the FIR against Wahid Shaikh and Raju Shaikh,” said Swami, adding that the tempo owner and driver were taking the cows and oxen illegally to a slaughterhouse in Zendi Gate, Hamalwada area of Ahmednagar.

“Around 6 pm, when we left the police station, where some media persons had also gathered, a mob of about 50, with some carrying sharp weapons and stones, attacked us, leaving some of our activists injured. The assailants also robbed gold chains of some activists. Police rushed to the spot and controlled the situation,” said Swami.

Ahmednagar DSP , 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.

Source : IE

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