Wife of the cow protection activist Hira Lambariya alias Gabhru, who allegedly committed suicide demanding cow to be declared as rashtra maata, submitted a affidavit to additional collector (RAC) of Rajkot on Monday, countering media reports that her husband was “murdered”.
Lambariya’s wife, Bhavu came to Rajkot on Monday and submitted an affidavit to RAC Harshad Vora. In her affidavit, Bhavu brushed aside media reports that Lambariya was given poison against his will and had thus been murdered.
“I file this affidavit with a view to clarify the news published in various newspapers, criticism of my husband after he attained martyrdom and complaints by private persons. I hereby state that I am filing this affidavit to protect dignity of sacrifice and martyrdom of my husband and to protect its respect and regard. I file this affidavit to repeat the demand for protection of cows and to declare that I am also affiliated with Gau Raksha Samiti, its sister organisations and other groups working for prevention of cruelty aginst animals,” stated Bhavu in her affidavit.
Incidentally, two men from the city, namely Manga Lambariya and Narayan Lambariy, had given an application to Rajkot city police commissioner stating they were aware that police had been investigating as to who consumed the poison and who arranged for it. They further offered help in the investigation.
But Bhavu said that she had not given any statement to media or filed any complaint against anybody, nor does she intend to file one “after my husband attained martyrdom.”
Lambariya (35), a resident of Gadhadiya village in Jasdan taluka of Rajkot district and seven others had allegedly consumed pesticide in Rajkot district collector’s office on Thursday noon, alleging the government was not heeding to their demand of rashtra maata status for cows. Lambariya had died in hospital while the seven others survived. Some of the members of the group had submitted a memorandum of their demand to district collector a day before they attempted the mass suicide.
But Manga Lambariya, a resident of Rajkot who claims to be leader of the community said their concern was as to who brought the insecticide bottle after police snatched away one. “But now that his family members don’t want that probed, we have little to do with it,” Manga told The Indian Express.
Bhavu’s affidavit further stated that she had full confidence in the investigation being done by the police.