A gau-rakshak on Thursday stabbed a student in Sonipat, mistaking him for a journalist, after the latter refused to click his photograph.
The teenager, identified as Shivam, was participating in a protest organised by the Gau Rakshak Seva Dal against cow slaughtering in Kerala last week, said SHO (Gohana) Kuldeep Deshwal. He also added that he was not a part of the group. Shivam has been admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram.
The accused, Mohit, has been arrested on charges of attempt to murder.
Police said that Shivam had accompanied a journalist friend to the protest site outside the Mini-secretariat around 2:30 p.m. Mohit and Shivam had an argument there over taking pictures.
“Shivam was fiddling with a camera when Mohit asked him to take pictures of the memorandum being submitted to the SDM. Shivam refused to oblige and an argument ensued. The onlookers pacified them,” said Mr. Deshwal.
An hour later, Shivam lodged a complaint with the police.
“I sent Shivam with a constable to detain Mohit. When Mohit tried to run away, Shivam chased him. At this, Mohit stabbed him thrice. He was, however, caught,” SHO said.