The incident took place in Ahmednagar on Saturday evening when the gaurakshaks, along with the police, intercepted a tempo reportedly illegally transporting cows to a slaughterhouse. A mob of around 50 people opened an assault on the rakshaks. The Ahmednagar police said seven gau rakshaks were injured in the attack. A case of attempt to murder has been registered at the Shrigonda police station.

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

hivshankar Rajendra Swami of Pune, who 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.

“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. 10 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.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ahmednagar, 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: The Indian Express)


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