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Raipur: Chhattisgarh police books three “gau rakshaks” for assault, vandalism

Raipur: Members of right-wing groups like the Bajrang Dal raised slogans at the DD Nagar police station here, demanding a cross FIR against the complainant, a day after three people were arrested for allegedly accusing people of cow slaughter, sale of beef, assaulting them and vandalising their dairy shop.

According to an Indian Express report, Senior police officers said that on Saturday evening, they received information of a clash at Gokul Nagar. “Investigations revealed that a group of gau rakshaks entered a dairy in the area on the suspicion that cow slaughter and beef trade were taking place there. They assaulted Qureshi and his associates at the dairy and vandalised the premises. We have CCTV footage of the incident and are investigating based on that,” he said.

Senior police officers said the three held are self-styled “gau rakshaks”.

The following morning, a group of at least 50 members of right-wing groups like the Bajrang Dal question the police action and called it one-sided. They demanded that Qureshi, the complainant be arrested charges of cow slaughter. They alleged that bones were found behind the shop, but the Police officers have quashed the claims, saying no evidence of cow slaughter has been found yet.

“Three people identified as Ankit Dwivedi, Amarjeet Singh and Shubhankar Dwivedi have been arrested and sent to judicial custody. The sections of the IPC are 147 (rioting),148 (rioting with an armed weapon), 427 (mischief), 457 (trespass), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 380 (theft), and 120B (criminal conspiracy),” ASP Prafull Thakur told the daily.

“No cross FIR has been registered as no crime has been committed by the other party as it stands. We are investigating,” the ASP replied when asked if a cross FIR has been filed.

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