Under pressure from the growing protest by the relatives and activists seeking fair probe into the “murder” of a driver by suspected gau rakshaks or cow vigilantes on September 13 for carrying two calves, the Ahmedabad police commissioner handed over the investigation of the case to city Detection of Crime Branch (DCB).
The DCB has been given two connected cases to investigate that includes the murder of driver Mohammed Ayyub, allegedly by cow vigilantes, and illegally transporting the two calves in the car which Ayyub was driving.
The case was handed over to DCB officials from Anandnagar police station which had lodged the FIR, following day-long protests by the family members who refused to take the body of Ayyub, demanding justice. They were supported by several activists and relatives who were detained by the city police.
On September 13, Ayyub, who was driving a car carrying two calves, had met with an accident on the SG Highway when he hit an SUV from behind. According to the FIR lodged by co-passenger Samir Shaikh, a resident of Relief Road, he was chased allegedly by a group of cow vigilantes from Adalaj area, who were driving an SUV with Press sticker.
Shaikh has said that after the accident, Ayyub had tried to run away, but the cow vigilantes chased him and thrashed him in full public view.
According to Shaikh, the police took him into custody and rescued Ayyub from the cow vigilantes. Ayyub was taken to V S hospital for treatment where he died Friday afternoon. Shaikh has claimed that he had taken a lift from Ayyub to go towards Mehsana and while they were coming back, the incident occurred.
Shaikh has told the police that he has no idea from where Ayyub got the two calves, but he found that out while coming back from Mehsana to Ahmedabad. However, police said that after scanning CCTV footage of nine major traffic junctions beginning Adalaj till the scene of offence, no sign of cow vigilantes chasing them had been noticed.
However, the family members have blamed several people suspected to be cow vigilantes, including the person who lodged the FIR against Ayyub and Shaikh, for illegally transporting calves under sections of cruelty to animal. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCB) Deepan Bhadran told The Sunday Express that both the cases — murder and cruelty to animal — have been handed over to DCB. He said that five teams have been formed to nab the culprits.
In the meanwhile, the city police commissioner also transferred the Anandnagar police inspector P B Rana to traffic department and brought J D Danagrwala as new police inspector. After a day-long negotiation and actions taken by the city police, Ayyub’s burial was performed in the city under police protection.