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Walking behind a youth with cow, 70-yr-old attacked by ‘gau rakshaks’

Hussain is the second Gujjar to be attacked by alleged gau rakshaks in Jammu region this year. In April, a Gujjar family, including women and children, were attacked near Pouni, in Reasi district, when they were transporting bovines, although they had a valid permit.

Written by Arun Sharma | Rajouri | Published: August 29, 2017 6:44 am
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Two days after he was attacked, allegedly by some gau rakshaks, Lal Hussain, 70, still doesn’t know why he was targeted. Bleeding from injuries on the head and legs, he was thrown into a drain, and left for dead. Till some people saw him lying unconscious, about half-an-hour later, and took him home. Hussain, a nomadic Gujjar, says he doesn’t have any cows, only two buffaloes. He had some sheep and goats, but he sold these about a fortnight ago for Rs 1.5 lakh. In fact, on Saturday, he was on his way to the Jammu and Kashmir Bank’s branch at Bakori, in Rajouri district, to deposit the money when he was attacked.

“They took away the bag which had the cash, my cellphone, and even my shawl before throwing me in the drain,’’ says Hussain, speaking to The Indian Express from his hospital bed at the state government-run district hospital in Rajouri. His younger son, Mohammad Farooq, says Hussain’s only fault was that he was walking behind a youth who had a cow with him. The attackers may have thought the cow was his, he says.

Hussain says he left home, in Gundha village, about 100 kilometres from Rajouri, at about 4 am on Saturday in view of the long journey ahead of him — 20 km on foot to Khawas, and another 40 km by bus to Bakori. “I had walked about eight kilometres when I noticed a youth with a cow… I started walking faster to meet him, but some people suddenly came from behind the bushes and started beating me with sticks… I fell unconscious,’’ he says.

From the conversation of his attackers, says Hussain, he gathered that they were gau rakshaks who thought he was accompanying the youth.
One person, Kuldip Raj of Gundha village, has been arrested. Nearly a dozen others were involved in the assault and efforts are on to identify them, says Budhal SHO Mohammad Jahangeer.

Hussain was first taken to the nearest government-run hospital at Sunderbani, from where he was referred to the Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital in Jammu. He was admitted in the emergency ward there, as MLC (Medico Legal Case) No. 5949(A).

But, says Hussain, after the doctor on duty got his X-ray done, nobody attended to him. So he returned to Rajouri, carrying all the hospital files and X-rays with him. “I saw three-four patients dying at the GMC Jammu Hospital during the three hours that I was there and got scared,’’ says Hussain.

According to the GMC Hospital records, Hussain had “lacerated wounds over the scalp, both legs, skull and right elbow, besides bruises on the scalp and back”. Doctors at the Rajouri hospital, which doesn’t have specialised facilities, say Hussain needs to be sent to GMC Hospital, but he doesn’t want to go.

At the GMC Hospital, neither the doctors or the police are able to explain how Hussain left without their knowledge — a patient marked as “MLC” cannot leave the hospital without permission. Medical Superintendent Dr Ramesh Gupta said the doctor on duty should have reported the matter to the police. But no complaint has been lodged with the GMC police post so far.

Hussain is the second Gujjar to be attacked by alleged gau rakshaks in Jammu region this year. In April, a Gujjar family, including women and children, were attacked near Pouni, in Reasi district, when they were transporting bovines, although they had a valid permit.

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  1. Khushboo Gupta
    Aug 30, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    Clickbait headline and irresponsible journalism..It is unbelievable that The Indian Express has done it! What seems like a case of day light robbery of 1.5 Lakh rupees has been acutely twisted to be an attack for gau raksha! No mention of what happened to the cow or the youth accompanying the cow but the headline conveniently corroborates this event to another incident that involved a cow.
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      mohd. ibrahim
      Aug 29, 2017 at 11:33 pm
      Nobody listens to the Hon'ble Prime Minister. He has been telling people all along that these self styled gaurakshaks are unsocial elements ant that their activities are illegal and vehemently said that this will not be tolerated. BUT to no effect. Nobody cares the Prime Minsters warnings. There was a PM who spoke less and done wonderfully and there is this Prime Minister who speaks much but does nothing. Did he ever call a report on such incidents. How many cases booked, how many FIRs lodged and how many culprits arrested. The police will present the cases such a way the courts will release all criminals for lact of evidence. Is not the PM losing his credibility? Why no chanel discuss this issue in their prime time? Where is sab ka sath?
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        d
        Aug 29, 2017 at 7:23 pm
        All those katwaas commenting that India is not Hindu property, kindly read history, Katwaas came in India with Mughals. We Hindus gave them shelter but these katwaas bhawdaas conquered Hindu. India divided because some coward Hindu politicians supported these katwaas. Again Hindu doing same mistake, by giving these katwaas equal status. Open eyes before too late.
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        1. Chase Mitchell
          Aug 29, 2017 at 10:30 pm
          Bhangi, Hindusan tere baap ka nahin hai
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            d
            Aug 29, 2017 at 11:52 pm
            I think you a katwaas using Christian name. Katwaas bhawdaas cannot do anything more than that. We Hindus fought against British for independence, But you katwaas bhawdaas divided India. Saaale katwey ekdin tum log ko ulta latka ke marenge, Terrorist.
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            Sahir
            Aug 29, 2017 at 11:29 pm
            Y we Indians wander to Western countries... Entire world is for humans.. it's man who made barriers god has sent us as humans.. but hate mongers will never understand that.. is it better to say paid hate mongers..
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              d
              Aug 29, 2017 at 11:56 pm
              Mr sahir, if entire world for human, then why katwaas seperated India into Pakstn and Bangladesh. Now these katwaas bhawdaas want to separate Kashmir from India.
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              Saleem
              Aug 30, 2017 at 9:13 am
              Can somebody take action on this guy for his offensive post. Can he be put behind bars. What action one needs to take for such offensive posts.
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                d
                Aug 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm
                Mr em, Wat a Dirty Person you are.. Asking for arrest of another person. Jab apke ghar ka koi member arrest hoga, tab apko maloom chalega, arrest hona kya hota hai. Whatever i said all truth. Data can be obtained from history, newspaper. I haven't made any story. Instead of requesting for taking action against me. Take action against kashmiri katwaas and terrorist bhawdaas who spoiling India.
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              bujji
              Aug 29, 2017 at 5:17 pm
              instead of spending so much time, effort and money in protecting the gau, our governments and the idle loafing gau rakshaks should direct their efforts in conserving indigenous bovine varieties which are nearing extinction through scientific means and methods. if the money wasted on gau raksha (as seen in gujarat) is spent on providing means for development i.e. health, education, nutrition and employment then our country will truly become developed. polluting industries, unscientific projects, lavish buildings and real estate ventures are not development.
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                Malkit Singh
                Aug 29, 2017 at 4:17 pm
                Instead of killing innocent people,please ask the BJP Chief of Chhatishgar Harish Verma whee more than 300 dead cows were sold to slaughter house after taking amount. Why they are killing innocent people. Cow invigilates are goons in the society and they are bent upon the divide the nation on the communal lines Modi Sahib and preaching something positive and his followers are on the totally negative side. Our BJP leaders and itrs followers are under illusion that voters of India are with them. Mostly people are fed from this undesirable and failure government and under current situation is very bad as we have seen in the election of Bawana in Delhi They are in habit of boasting more than practical work for the welfare of the people. Cow is not important but health sector, employment and high rise in prices which our people are facing day today and to be solved. Please stop killing of innocent people on the nae of cow as you are committing sins. No God will pardon you.
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