Three more suspected gau rakshaks were arrested on Thursday in connection with the assault on a Muslim man, who was found “ferrying two calves” in his car on the eve of Bakar-Eid, police said. The man, Mohammed Ayyub, died in a hospital on September 16, four days after the incident.
With the latest arrests, the Special Operation Group (SOG) of Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) has arrested six “self-proclaimed cow vigilantes” in connection with the incident. Those arrested on Thursday were identified as CTM-resident Vipul Vyas, 24, Odhav-resident Ritesh Prajapati, 21, and Vastral-resident Aniket Shah, 25, said ACP (SOG) B C Solanki.
Earlier in the day, three other accused — Dhaval Vijaybhai Bhatt, 27, a resident of Naroda Gam, Vikram Singh Bhati, 23, a native of Rajasthan who now lives in Naroda Gam, and Alpesh Somabhai Rabari alias Apo, 20, a resident of Daskroi taluka of Ahmedabad district — were produced before a metropolitan court, which sent them to five days’ police remand. According to police, those arrested and a few others chased Ayyub’s car on September 12 midnight from Adalaj. Ayyub met with an accident at Prahladnagar and two cow progeny were found “stu-ffed” in the boot of the car.
Ayyub was caught by the suspected gau rakshaks and thrashed.