Three men transporting buffaloes assaulted in south Delhi ‘in presence of police’

‘I have all papers, I do this for my family’

Written by Mahender Singh Manral | New Delhi | Updated: April 24, 2017 6:42 am
south delhi, gau raksha group, buffaloes transport, cow vigilantes, People for Animals, pfa, men attacked in south delhi, Ghazipur mandi, Ghazipur mandi slaughterhouse, india news, latest news Ashu, Rizwan and Kamil at the Kalkaji Police Station, Delhi, Sunday. Express Photo by Mahender Singh Manral

Three men who were assaulted by vigilantes who intercepted their vehicle transporting buffaloes on a main South Delhi road on Saturday night, have claimed that they had all relevant documents, and were beaten in the presence of police. The men said their attackers were travelling in vehicles with stickers of a prominent animal welfare NGO, People for Animals (PFA), on them.

Police said they were called to the spot by a PFA officebearer named Gaurav Gupta. Gaurav Gupta, however, said the three men had been beaten up by people who had claimed to be from a “gau raksha group”, and not by his colleagues at the NGO.

PFA trustee Gauri Maulekhi said the NGO did not issue stickers for vehicles, and could not be held responsible for the actions of “lakhs of people” who were its members.

Later on Sunday, PFA disabled its web site, on which Gaurav Gupta and his brother Saurabh Gupta were identified as members of its Delhi unit.

The incident took place around 11.30 pm on Saturday, less than 100 metres from the local police station at Kalkaji in South Delhi. The vehicle that was intercepted was transporting buffaloes from Haryana’s Pataudi to Ghazipur in east Delhi. Police said two FIRs have been filed — one against the men transporting the animals; the other against unknown persons for assaulting them.

The men transporting the animals had been identified as Pataudi residents Rizwan (25) and Kamil (25), and Ashu (28) from Mathura, DCP (southeast) Romil Baaniya said. They were arrested under IPC section 429 (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) and provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act on the basis of a complaint by PFA members, Baaniya said. The men were released on bail on Sunday evening.

A case under IPC sections 323 (causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) was registered against unknown persons on the basis of a complaint filed by the driver, police said, adding that the animals and the vehicle have been seized.

“We received a call around 11.45 pm from one Gaurav Gupta, an animal rights activist and a PFA office bearer. Police reached the spot and found a tempo loaded with buffaloes parked on the road. Three occupants were taken to AIIMS Trauma Centre. We have conducted a medical examination and found that they received simple injuries on the face and lips. They have not been able to produce any legal documents. We will call Gupta and his associates for questioning,” Baaniya said.

The men, however, claimed they had all requisite documents. One of them, Ashu, told The Indian Express that they were taking the animals to a slaughterhouse in Ghazipur mandi when four cars intercepted them.

“We had just crossed the Nehru Place traffic signal when we saw some people in cars abusing us and asking us to stop. We were scared… they intercepted our tempo about 10 metres from Kalkaji temple. The cars had PFA stickers on them. About 12-15 people came out and started abusing us, asking us to get out of our vehicle. They started beating us; they didn’t want to hear anything we had to say. They punched and kicked us for about 10 minutes.”

Ashu, who has four daughters and two sons, added, “I have been working for the last six years, but this is the first time people have stopped and assaulted me. I have all documents; I do this job for my family.” Ashu, who suffered injuries to his face, broke down while narrating the incident.

Rizwan, who started working a month ago, said, “They alleged we were taking cows to slaughter. We tried to tell them we were transporting buffaloes but they didn’t want to listen. It was only when some passersby intervened that they stopped assaulting us. Later, two police personnel reached the spot but the men assaulted us in front of them as well. Eventually, they left the spot, and police took us away,” he alleged.

When contacted, Gaurav Gupta claimed he had been working with PFA for the past 15 years, but denied being involved in the assault.

“We received a call from our colleague, who told us she had come across a truck carrying cattle in poor condition, and that she was chasing the vehicle near Kalkaji. She later told us she had managed to intercept their vehicle. We reached within 20 minutes, but the three occupants had already been beaten up by some passersby who had claimed to be from a gau raksha group. Our colleague had made several PCR calls and we, too, informed police about the men being beaten up. We have asked police to go through CCTV footage to identify those who assaulted the men,” he said.

Later that same night, the PFA activists intercepted another truck carrying 14 buffaloes at another location in South Delhi. Additional DCP (South) Chinmoy Biswal told The Indian Express that Gaurav Gupta along with other members of the NGO had informed police around 3.30 am that they had intercepted a truck in the Kotla Mubarakpur area. No case was registered, however, Biswal said.

PFA trustee Maulekhi said, “The PFA does not issue any vehicle sticker and we can’t be moral guardians of lakhs of people who pay Rs 100 and become members of PFA. If they have done anything illegal they should be penalised.”

Maulekhi also released two separate letters she had issued to Gaurav Gupta and Saurabh Gupta, sons of Ashok Kumar Gupta, on February 6, 2016, warning them against taking the law in their hands. “You are not authorised to… seize any animal/goods from any individual”, says the letter to Gaurav Gupta. It warns that “any acts committed by you in contravention of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act… will be deemed to have been done in your personal capacity… People for Animals will not be liable for any actions that you commit in your personal capacity.”

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    Suyash Gupta
    Apr 24, 2017 at 9:50 pm
    Very one sided article. But the people who call it terrorism are not equipped with knowledge regarding it. Editor, do you know the reality of factory farming? And an animal's life is as important as human's . s: youtu.be/g8YszPx8luk Go though this link and then decide.
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      Tushar
      Apr 25, 2017 at 12:58 pm
      When buffalo slaughter is legal u shudnt blame article ..go complain to the government about making it legal.. And Even if it's illegal no body has the right to take law in hand ...it's just like beating u up by anti Romeo squad when u are walking thru a pavement along with ur grown up daughter talking to her ,thinking it's Eve teasing .... And those who are beating u are not giving u a chance to clarify or say that that's ur daughter ... Sorry for that example I had to give , but I guess it's easy for u to understand it's seriousness
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      Kamal Pasha
      Apr 24, 2017 at 12:31 pm
      This country is going nuts.
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        Nidhi
        Apr 24, 2017 at 10:58 am
        now this terrorism is happening in the capital of India...What a shame...If we dont do something now we will soon become stan or taliban.
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          ronnie
          Apr 24, 2017 at 10:14 am
          Its easy for the Top Legislature and Executive, to ban, than regulate. Please Regulate, Banning is not a long term solution, regulation is. would we get to a mode of regulation self (ideal) if not, state regulated. No bans ever worked, least in a democratic country as ours. Lets forget the word 'Ban' but think of an effective regulation.
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            Prashant Saxena
            Apr 24, 2017 at 9:32 am
            Killing "vigilantes" should be made legal and nonpunishable in India, only then these people will stop unwanted ault. In India, you can never expect police to help you in any case because they are already owned by local parties and gundaas. Very much disappointed with government and police.
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              Ameer
              Apr 24, 2017 at 10:34 am
              Well said.
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                Tushar
                Apr 25, 2017 at 1:03 pm
                Forming an anti aulting vigilantes which is equipped with people from all religion who oppose this cruelty wud be a solution .Dalits Muslims Christians and Hindus from any caste should join that group so that it shudnt be turn out to be a communal riot ..and they shud he trained to handle these goons .. Such days are not far ...
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                Amit
                Apr 24, 2017 at 9:16 am
                Why can'tt these people leave the cattles alone & have a peaceful life
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                  Vijay A
                  Apr 24, 2017 at 9:09 am
                  Jungle raj at its height. If we continue this way, we will surely beat Afghanistan and Philippines in next few years. No one can do worst for a country than those who promote mob-culture, crumbling its well structured law-and-order system. Don't know when it has become legal for anybody to intercept anybody on the road. In Bangalore, even traffic police itself not allowed to intercept anybody on the road (for license check etc), how come it has become legal now in the rest of country for anybody to stop anybody.
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                    Jojo
                    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:57 am
                    "Ashu, who has four daughters and two sons.....".... fit case for forced nasbandi on this chap. Govt should implement forced sterilization on people with 3 or children. India, with limited resources and global climate change, cannot afford uncontrolled po tion.
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                      noorul amin
                      Apr 24, 2017 at 9:40 am
                      R u a human
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                        Suyash Gupta
                        Apr 24, 2017 at 9:51 pm
                        Do you have any idea about factory farming? s: youtu.be/g8YszPx8luk
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                        Tushar
                        Apr 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm
                        Jo Jo ur company or ur dad doesn't pay him to look after his kids . .. It's better than leaving ur s PE RM in a latex and throwing out in a drainage to cause more pollution than this hope u dnt hve the issue of erectile dysfunction
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                        Sangat Singh
                        Apr 24, 2017 at 8:49 am
                        These Vigilantes appear to be a bunch of S - illiterates who do not understand the difference between animals and human beings and are far off from reading or even understanding the papers. Then, do such NGOs exist on paper or are poster NGOs?
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                          Ghanshyam
                          Apr 24, 2017 at 8:46 am
                          Y book the victims instead of the perpetrators, am very disappointed with the police and the government.
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                            Truth
                            Apr 24, 2017 at 8:35 am
                            I fail to understand ----There are more non-Bhakts than Bhakts, then how is it that BJP is getting away with M U R D E R each time, and sweeping the polls ?
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                              Mathura
                              Apr 24, 2017 at 8:20 am
                              To win elections it is new normal. Blind eye of law enforcing agencies with blinkers put by their political masters and blind faith both are working in tandem to ensure electoral win. Incident happened just before MCD elections were due to begin.
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                                Kirti Brahmabhatt
                                Apr 24, 2017 at 8:11 am
                                Surely these innocent animals deserve a better deal than the jihadist leftists and butchers who go on commenting here in the fake name ! with IE and the jihadis
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                                  Tushar
                                  Apr 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm
                                  Ofcourse animals are more innocent than hate mongering you
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                                  nagaraja
                                  Apr 24, 2017 at 8:03 am
                                  Lynching for supposed blasphemy in stan and cow vigilantism seem to be two sides of the same coin. It cannot go on in any civilised society. People should respect law and all lawful activities should continue without any hindrance from these buffoons and cowards.
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                                    harun
                                    Apr 24, 2017 at 8:01 am
                                    That the 3 attacked did belong to a community makes the incident in the back drop of Alwar alarming. That there is a pattern in violence by self styled Gau rakhshaks. What is a danger is that the Govt and Courts arnt coming down hard on these attacks. Please look at a incident in Delhi slum were a Man and his Wife were thrashed by a Mob for having stoned a Cow. What it clearly shows that the m es have lost all sense of propotion to their actions. Tat they have been systematically brainwashed by those who want to get to Power and there is no way such brutality is going to end. But why did vigilantes in Rajasthan not stone and trash the Minister who allowed Cows to starve to death in a Gaushala ,did they not see it all on TV for days.
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                                      Birendra
                                      Apr 24, 2017 at 7:54 am
                                      all these gaurakshahs are to be given BJP sankalp-patra stating 1-gaurakshahs never to get marry they are only allowed to sleep with male cows and buffalos so that atleast these poor animals instead of wandering on roads can warm the bed of these morons gaurakshahs
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                                        Birendra
                                        Apr 24, 2017 at 7:45 am
                                        most of these guptas have a belly like a buffalo,no wonder they were trying to save there own breed,feel pity on these banyias,they will take there wealth to there grave also but would not spent a penny for a human cause
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                                          Birendra
                                          Apr 24, 2017 at 7:41 am
                                          have you been to dinner to any gupta family ,if not than better never go there menu is 1,dal with lot of pani hardly see any dal 2,pani wali bhindi 3.lot of dalda no real butter they are so miser and very miserable peoples do not know the culture of patiala pag and butter chicken
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                                            Birendra
                                            Apr 24, 2017 at 7:32 am
                                            what can you aspect from this gaddu country and gaddu sarkar,they call it democracy,now you have to take permission from this gaddu sarkar what to eat ,drink and wear,well done modi gaddu
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                                              rovingeyein
                                              Apr 24, 2017 at 7:47 am
                                              Why dont you migrate to your beloved country Porkistan if you find India problematic? If an NGO representative is on the wrong side of the law how can you hold government of the day responsible?
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                                                Mathura
                                                Apr 24, 2017 at 8:27 am
                                                Because government law enforcing agency with coloured eyes is unable to act rather has successfully failed to take action inspite of physically being present there.
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                                                  Shridhar Shettigar
                                                  Apr 24, 2017 at 8:29 am
                                                  Instead of migrating why can't we eliminate these unlawful Gau Rakshaks..??
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                                                manjit
                                                Apr 24, 2017 at 7:19 am
                                                Please hire all gau rakshak and similer personal as police .may be they can fix everything and anything . INDIA MIGHT be better place . Thank you Modi. One day you will be cosidered the worst prime minister of india.
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                                                  IslamForFooools
                                                  Apr 24, 2017 at 7:09 am
                                                  One sided fake story by anti Hindu pro Islamist evil media. 2 Hindus stabbed in Madhya Pradesh, 1 Hindu killed in mangalore by Islamists but medi anever shows any pictures from thta gruesome murder scenes, here smallest thing will be blown out of proportion to change public opinion against Hindus, against BJP, against rss, and towards Islamist agenda. Evil evil evil media
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                                                    Birendra
                                                    Apr 24, 2017 at 7:48 am
                                                    he is the worst PM of india you can not compare this feku with graceful indra hi,educated Narsima Rao wait and watch he will go back and sell chai again on railway station
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                                                      IslamForFooools
                                                      Apr 24, 2017 at 8:25 am
                                                      Hahaaha hahaaha hahahaha hahahahsa. Anyone would easily laugh at your comment you Hindu hater Islamic jihadist
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                                                        Tushar
                                                        Apr 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm
                                                        U Islam for good dude ..... You are the only human on earth with .... Faeces n ur head .... Such a good fertilizer though
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                                                        Shridhar Shettigar
                                                        Apr 24, 2017 at 8:34 am
                                                        The most of the media is in the hands of Govt., and the people who are you calling as Hindus are criminals who started this Cow protection as business. Pl don't try to give these criminals respectability by calling them Hindus..
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                                                          IslamForFooools
                                                          Apr 24, 2017 at 9:24 am
                                                          Worry about Islamic terrorism which is killing millions of non Muslims and Muslims, Hinduism is not. A problem at all, if anything, Hinduism is blessing. So don't comment on Hinduism, you have no right. Worry about your Islamic jihadi Kurna inspired terrorism first
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                                                            Tushar
                                                            Apr 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm
                                                            U IFG ..... Just stop thinking all Hindus are RSS ..ofcourse Hinduism is good ..it's only perfect when few pests like u are removed from it .... Conclusion :: u kinda one Is enuf to defame the Hinduism all over the world
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                                                            Common Man
                                                            Apr 24, 2017 at 9:53 am
                                                            इंसानियत से बड़ी हैवानियत और इंसान से बड़ा जानवर! चौकिये मत देश बदल रहा है बात भावनाओ या आस्था की है ही नहीं । बात आस्था की होती तो, चूहे 🐀मारने वाली दवा पर रोक होती आखिर वो गणेश जी का वाहन है। बात आस्था की होती तो सांप मारने वाले जेल में होत आखिर वो भोलेनाथ का कंठहार है। बात आस्था की होती तो पूरे भारत में की भी गाय की तरह पूजा होती क्योंकि वो भी तो विष्णु का अवतार है। बात आस्था की होती तो बन्दर प्रयोगशालाओ में न मरते। क्योकी वो हनुमानजी के अवतार है। बात सिर्फ देश में अशांति और आपसी नफरतें फैलाकर राजनीती करने की है। कृपया विचार अवश्य करें। सरकारी आंकडे बताते है की INDIA मे 71 लोग गोस्त खाते हैं! और सरकारी आंकडो के हिसाब से INDIA मे 14.2 मुसलमान हैं! तो फिर ये बाकी के लोग कौन है? सोचने की बात है!!!!!!!!
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