Gujarat: 7 of Dalit family beaten up for skinning dead cow

After beating them up, the attackers reportedly took Vashram, Ramesh, Ashok and Bechar to Una town. There, they paraded the four victims, and flogged them publicly all the way to the police station.

Written by Gopal B Kateshiya | Rajkot | Updated: July 20, 2016 7:09 pm
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SEVEN MEMBERS of a Dalit family were allegedly beaten up by a group of gau rakshaks for skinning a dead cow in Una town of Gir Somnath district in Gujarat on Monday. Three of the alleged attackers were arrested on Tuesday.

A purported video of the victims being attacked with iron rods and sticks was circulated on social media. In the video, some of the victims are seen tied to a car, while the accused are beating them up.

Police said the incident occurred around 10 am on Monday, when Balu Sarvaiya, a 46-year-old resident of Mota Samadhiyala village in Una taluka, and some of his family members were skinning the carcass. In his complaint, Balu’s son Vashram (26) said they had brought the carcass from Bediya village. “The accused came in a white car and asked why we were slaughtering the cow. I told them that the cow was dead and that we were merely removing its skin. But they started abusing us and attacked us with iron pipes, sticks and a knife with which we were removing the skin of the carcass,” Vashram said in his complaint.

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The other victims have been identified as Balu’s wife Kunvarben, their other son, Ramesh (23), and relatives Bechar Sarvaiya (30), Ashok Sarvaiya (20) and Deveshi Babariya (32).

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After beating them up, the attackers reportedly took Vashram, Ramesh, Ashok and Bechar to Una town. There, they paraded the four victims, and flogged them publicly all the way to the police station. As the police arrived, the attackers fled in their vehicle.

Balu and Ramesh sustained head injuries. They have been admitted to Junagadh civil hospital. “They have sustained injuries caused by blunt objects. Prima facie, they don’t seem to have sustained any fracture. Their condition is out of danger but further tests are being carried out,” said Dr Pala Lakhnotra of Junagadh hospital. Bechar, Ashok, Vashram and Deveshi were taken to the community health centre in Una town.

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In his complaint, Vashram named six persons — Pramodigiri Goswami, Balvant Balvant Dhiru, Rasik, Ramesh Jadav, Rakesh Joshi and Nagji Ahir. The last three have been arrested.

According to the complaint, Vashram, Ramesh and Balu were also robbed of their mobile phones. Based on the complaint, Una police booked the six accused for attempt to murder, dacoity, criminal intimidation and under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocity) Act.

“We have recorded statements of the victims. Three of the accused whose faces are visible in the video were formally arrested at 2 pm today,” said Kirtikumar Joshi, DSP (SC, ST Cell), Gir Somnath.

“Investigations are on. We are probing any lapse on the part of local police,” said Gir Somnath SP H R Chaudhary.

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    feluda
    Jul 13, 2016 at 5:35 pm
    are we living in a civilized world? how can anyone take law into their hands that too on skinning dead cow, these type of cow worshipers are greatest enemies of cows.
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      feluda
      Jul 13, 2016 at 5:32 pm
      can any cow worshipper do that?
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        Kabeer
        Jul 13, 2016 at 2:31 pm
        Incidents like this will lead to terrorism by the victims. Why this people beating them. They should inform the police if the victims did anything wrong.
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          malik
          Jul 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm
          Indians have enough reasons to be proud of their traditional tolerance and plurality lol. Ghanta toldrance
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            malik
            Jul 13, 2016 at 9:48 pm
            Thanx GoD i am not living in the greatest country of tolerance call india maha bahrat. What ever
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              AKHTAR
              Jul 20, 2016 at 6:38 am
              How you justify this act ... and asked them what to do with dead cow
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              Bharati
              Jul 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm
              Are we all dead human beings or live terrorists in the name of cow worshiper? This is TALIBANI ACT done against the humanity in Una town of Gir Somnath district in Gujarat on 04 Jul 2016 Monday. Being a DALIT in India is CANCER, because there is no cure or remedy in the blind faith of JATI system under Hindu religion. I have suggestion for those cow (Param Pujya Mata Shree) worshipers that all cows whether young or old should be kept in their home together with their Mothers and all cows should have bathe, worship, food and clothing daily so that Indian roads could be neat and clean. Because Mother (a object reverence) cannot be considered as an animal. I appeal all the workers who are doing act of skinning dead cows, they must gathered and remove skin of such animals (i.e., Cows worshipers) in the public places so that such animals in the form of human beings can be removed from this country (known as Great BHARAT). How can anyone take law into their hands that too on skinning dead cow, these types of cow worshipers are greatest enemies of all cows, mothers and humanity and all the punishments made in the IPC are just negligible?
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                A.
                Jul 13, 2016 at 11:15 am
                Guruji may be requested to spell out methodology of skinning cow alive. May be such technology was known in ancient India.lt;br/gt;Else all skinners and tanners are under threats of similar treatment from the gau bhakts.
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