In Pune, tempo held, mob attacks gau rakshaks in Ahmednagar

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

Written by Chandan Haygunde | Pune | Published: August 6, 2017 5:47 am
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A mob of around 50 persons allegedly attacked gau rakshaks near Shrigonda police station in Ahmednagar district on Saturday evening, soon after they, along with police, had intercepted a tempo reportedly illegally transporting cows to a slaughterhouse. 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. Shivshankar 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.

Swami, 24, is a complainant in about 300 cases of alleged illegal cow transportation and slaughtering in Pune and other districts of Maharashtra, and has been assigned 12-hour police protection when within Pune city limits, due to a reported threat to his life. He is a member of the Akhil Bharat Krushi Goseva Sangh founded by Mahatma Gandhi and ‘Gorakhsa Pramukh’ of the Samasta Hindu Aghadi.

Samasta Hindu Aghadi chief Milind Ekbote contested the Assembly elections in 2014 on a Shiv Sena ticket but lost to the BJP. Before that, between 1992 and 1997, Ekbote was a BJP corporator in Pune. Like Swami, Ekbote claims to be an ‘honorary animal welfare officer’, authorised to keep a vigil on instances of violation of animal welfare laws in Maharashtra.

“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. Ten 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, adding that the tempo owner and driver were taking the cows and oxen illegally to a slaughterhouse in Zendi Gate, Hamalwada area of Ahmednagar.

“Around 6 pm, when we left the police station, where some mediapersons had also gathered, a mob of about 50, with some carrying sharp weapons and stones, attacked us, leaving some of our activists injured. The assailants also robbed gold chains of some activists. Police rushed to the spot and controlled the situation,” 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. Seven persons were injured in the incident. Investigation has been initiated to confirm the sequence of events and arrest the assailants.”

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  1. R
    Aug 9, 2017 at 8:22 am
    This retaliatory attack was expected sooner or later. Instead of fostering communal harmony, the government of the day has fed public with communalism poison for their political interest. What has happened is only tip of the iceberg. If government continues to be a mute spectator then these incidents will be the order of the day. The regressive tactics of Sanghi's will be countered as majority of Hindu's are peace loving and inclusive. It is time to throw Brahmanism politics out of window. Enforcement of one's food habits will not work in India of today.
    1. M
      Aug 7, 2017 at 8:52 am
      At least now public has realized the so called gaurakshaks' goondaism. These cow vigilants deserve thrashing. If they has such regard to cows why not they take stray cows to their homes
      1. S
        Aug 7, 2017 at 9:11 pm
        LOL if someone is against rape then will you ask him to take the rape survivor to his home. Will you give Gaurakshaks the fund to take care of the stray cows? Moreover if cows have strayed that does not give anyone the right to slaughter them. This is the same mindset of those who question the freedom of girls rather than rapists. How can you defend the atrocities on cows and their protectors? You call the gaurakshaks "Goondas" and what will you call the brutal attack on gaurakshak? A "Generous act"? When self proclaimed gaurakshak take law into their hands they become "GOONS" or "GOONDAS" but when the cow slaughterers take law into their hands they become "Mesihas" for #Notinmyname flag bearers. What is a Hypocrisy!
        1. J
          Aug 10, 2017 at 9:20 am
          Spoken like a wahhabi terrorist ... Gaurakshak INTERCEPTED the cow-killers , ALONG with the local police ... Cease your islamic bullying here, or face the consequences
        2. D
          Aug 7, 2017 at 8:51 am
          It is better to be late than never. This was to happen as innocent people were thrashed and killed and their cows were taken forcibly and police and politician were turning blind eye. Things will go worse if administration fails to take remedial steps.
          1. O
            Aug 7, 2017 at 8:50 am
            Neo Government's failure to run the administration properly is leading to lawlessness in the state . Ultra right people in power are encouraging the chaos, because they know it breeds fascism.
            1. D
              Aug 7, 2017 at 8:48 am
              These so call gau rakshaks are nothing but extortionists thugs i am glad they got their beaten . First become insan rakshaks. i saw video on you tube a man in maharastra on busy bridge bled to death after being knifed and noone helped
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