In the second incident in less than a week, a motorcycle-borne man was killed after being attacked by a cow on the streets of Vadodara. In an incident near the Vadiwadi CNG pump Sunday morning, Sohal Thakor, 27, a motorcyclist ran into a stray cattle which pierced its horn in the rider’s chest, killing him instantly. The cow was also entangled in the wheels of the motorcycle and killed on the spot.
Vadodara police have booked the deceased for culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
On Wednesday night, last week, a daily wage labourer was killed after being caught in a fierce cattle fight on New VIP road in the city. According to the police, Sohal’s family has said that he left his home around 4.30 am on Sunday, in order to collect his mobile phone that he had left behind at a friend’s home the previous night.
“Eye witnesses say that since the road was deserted, Sohal was riding the motorcycle at a high-speed, when he came across a stray cow that had blocked the way near the CNG pump in Vadiwadi. Sensing danger coming its way, the cattle immediately attacked the man with its horns. Since the horn pierced the man in his chest, he died immediately. The eye witnesses also said that the cow struggled much to free itself but was dragged to a distance by the motorcycle, after which, the cow also died,” said Police Inspector U J Shrimali of Gorwa police station. The police have booked the deceased under various sections of the IPC and the Motor Vehicle Act.
The brother of the deceased, Pratik Thakor, has however, decided to file a case against the civic authorities. Pratik said, “This accident occurred because the civic body is unable to check the number of stray cattle on the roads, that block traffic and endanger life of motorists. We will pursue a case against the authorities after completing the rituals.”