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Two Dalit brothers beaten in Andhra Pradesh for skinning dead cow

Seven persons have been arrested for allegedly leading the attack, and booked under the SC/ST Atrocities Act.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published: August 10, 2016 3:04 am

Two Dalit brothers were beaten by a group of villagers near Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh’s East Godavari district on Tuesday afternoon while they were skinning a dead cow.

Police identified the two victims as Mokati Ilaiah and Mokati Venkatesh, and said that they were being “treated for simple injuries” and “recuperating in the general ward” of the local government hospital.

They added that seven persons from Uppalapuram village in Amalapuram have been arrested for allegedly leading the attack, and booked under the SC/ST Atrocities Act.

The incident comes almost a month after five Dalits from a family were publicly flogged by gau rakshaks in Gujarat’s Una for skinning cattle.

Local police, however, attributed the attack in Uppalapuram to a misunderstanding after villagers thought the Dalits had killed the cow, which was one of the three reported missing from the village on Monday.

The cows had been caught and tied up near the local market by another villager after they destroyed his crops to “teach their owner a lesson”, said police.

Said Amalapuram DySP K Ankaiah: “On Tuesday morning, one of the three cows died due to electrocution. After police gave a no-objection certificate, the owner of the cow called an autorickshaw driver to ferry the carcass back to the village for burial. The two Dalit youths were hired to dispose of the carcass. They brought the carcass to the ground near the village where they usually bury cows and were skinning it when some villagers saw them. They assumed that the youths had killed the cow and called other villagers over. Soon, they started beating up the brothers. But someone called police and we were able to react quickly and rescue the youths.”

The brothers are undergoing treatment at a hospital.

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Another police officer said that the autorickshaw driver and the two youths tried to explain to the crowd that the cow had died in the morning and that they were skinning the carcass after the owner handed it over. “But the villagers accused the youths of killing the cow. The owner of the dead cow was not in the village at the time as he was taking his two other cows from the market back to the village,’’ he said.

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  1. M
    Aug 10, 2016 at 7:14 am
    What if the anti-socials are making this trouble just to embarr Modi? This angle also should be looked at.
    1. S
      Aug 10, 2016 at 5:58 am
      Dalits will convert to buddhism that will invite chinese into india present govt is paving way for this as they are not strict in implementing law. Still we beleive our PM Mr.Modi
      1. R
        Ravi Kaushik
        Aug 10, 2016 at 4:35 am
        you bloody hindus you can not do a thing against satan or china but take your impotent anger on your daughter in laws , wives and kill girl foetuses or burn and rape dalits what a bunch of cowards no wonders in western countries hindu girls are marrying non hindus and dalits are converting to other religions
        1. N
          NATRAJ M
          Aug 10, 2016 at 8:08 am
          These Bra hminists have actually been cause of decay of H induism. Swami Vivekananda, Dr. Ambedkar and so many renowned scholars have highlighted this. Thick skull of Bhakts will never let the light enter their brains. Decay of Hi ndus - Chad..dis put it on Moghuls. Actually since Har shvardhan in 7th Century there had been no powerful king in India and Hin duism has been decaying because of brah minists. Brah minists are at it again. Mo narch feku
          1. P
            Aug 10, 2016 at 8:14 am
            It is the villagers who beat the two boys under misunderstanding . It will be informative to know the real caste of the villagers who were involved in beating,It is however evident that the majority of villagers were against killing cows. Prompt action by authorities needs appreciation. News Media has suddenly become Dalit lover. All the last sixty years they never existed for the Indian Media. The Cow Issue for Hindus is centuries old,since 1880 it became very intense. The Indian Consution has to place Cow protection in its Directive principles of state policy. The state must endeavour to protect both the Cow ,which is considered sacred by the very great majority of Hindus and those members of Hindu community who are engaged in the disposal of dead animals. The hindu religious preachers should play an active role in solving this sensitive issue amicably , The politicians and the Media are both engaged in devilish game .
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