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Maharashtra: Mob allegedly attacks gau rakshaks in Ahmednagar

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Maharashtra: Mob allegedly attacks gau rakshaks in Ahmednagar
Source: The Indian Express

As many as 20 people were detained on late Saturday for allegedly attacking ‘gau-rakhshaks’ in Shrigonda (100 km from Pune, Maharashtra). Seven gau rakshaks were severely injured and were admitted to a hospital following the attack, reported Hindustan Times.

According to the Police, the condition in Shrigonda is under control now. The administration has deployed heavy police force in Shrigonda and other sensitive places in Ahmednagar district considering communal nature of the incident. A case has been registered against 20 people who are likely to be formally arrested soon for allegedly attempting to murder. The police was recording statements of the detained people and more arrests are likely to take place.

A mob had attacked cow protectors when they intercepted a mini truck, which allegedly was transporting cows to a slaughter house. The cows were allegedly picked up from Kashti in Ahmednagar district. Trouble started soon after Shishankar Swami (25), an activist from Pune, approached Shrigonda police after they discovered the transportation of cows. Police blocked the vehicle near Shrigonda. Twelve cows were found in the mini truck. Police registered offences against the driver Fatturbhai Shaikh and his helper Sajid Gulkab Shaikh.

Tension rose when Swami insisted upon registering a case against arrested two. Police asked them to wait till senior officials arrived at the station. Swami and others were attacked by a mob when they were waiting outside the police station. According to the complaint, the mob attacked seven gau rakshaks with sticks and stones.