‘Gau rakshaks’ thrash, tonsure, parade 70-yr-old for ‘abandoning cow’

New Delhi: Self-appointed cow vigilantes in Uttar Pradesh thrashed, tonsured and paraded a 70-year-old through a village for allegedly abandoning his ailing cow.

On August 30, Kailash Nath Shukla, the septuagenarian, was passing through Nandpur village in Balrampur as he was taking his cow to another village for treatment when he was attacked by the men.

The ‘cow vigilantes’ accused him of trying to dump his ailing cow in the village. Although the man told them that he was taking his cow for treatment, the enraged mob allegedly tonsured his head, thrashed him brutally with sticks and blackened his face.

The men garlanded him with creepers and paraded him through the village. According to DNA, a rumour was also spread about the man apparently taking the cow to another village to sell it to a Muslim, further infuriating the mob of ‘gau rakshaks’.

After this, Shukla went to the police station but no report was filed. However, later when the incident was brought to the attention of Superintendent of Police Balrampur Rajesh Kumar, he ordered for the arrest of those individuals involved in the incident. Four people have been arrested so far in connection with the case, as per the report.

“A case has been lodged and more arrests will be made after identifying those involved in beating the old man. An inquiry has also been ordered against policemen who refused to lodge his case. Action will be initiated against them too,” the daily quoted the SP as saying.