A Dalit family that was attacked in Karnataka’s Chikamagalur by cow vigilantes on July 10 had “purchased the cow and cut it’’, state Home Minister G Parameshwara said Monday. The family was targeted for allegedly stealing a cow and slaughtering it.
The Home Minister, one of the Dalit faces in the state Congress Cabinet, said police were taking a “relook at the case and how it happened’’ .
“Already seven people have been arrested,” he said.
Asked how the Bajrang Dal activists were let off on bail, he said “it all depends on the reality and how it is projected in court’’.
On July 11, seven members of Bajrang Dal were booked on charges of rioting and atrocities against Dalits after they allegedly raided the home of Muthappa, a Dalit, in Kundur village on suspicion that he stole a cow and killed it.
Balaraj, a Dalit who was attacked during the “raid” and suffered a fracture, said they bought a cow from a local
resident and subsequently killed it for meat. He asked how Bajrang Dal activists could take law into their own hands.
Under Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Preservation of Animals Act, 1964, killing of cows is permitted under certain conditions of old age, sickness and disease.