The relatives of the victims clashed with Pithari villagers at Sadar Hospital, Chhapra. Additional police personnel were called to control the situation. The kin said the three were pick-up van drivers who were returning to their village .
On May 22, Taufik, Anjum Shama and Dilip Malviya were arrested under the anti-cow slaughter act and sent to judicial custody after the cow vigilantes informed the police that they were allegedly carrying the meat in an autorickshaw and a two-wheeler from Khairi village.
All eight persons were produced in a local court Saturday, which sent them to judicial custody, said Gonda Superintendent of Police Rakesh Prakash Singh. He added, police are collecting background of all eight accused.
Only a couple of weeks ago, gaurakshaks impounded a consignment of eight indigenous Gir breed cows that Jadhav had sourced from a farmer in Gujarat’s Amreli district. These animals, whose milk fetches a premium, are currently being housed at a gaushala (cow shelter) near Amreli.