Allegations of cow killing spark violence in Gujarat; 7 Dalits attacked

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gujarat dalit beef storyGujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel has ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation into the alleged killing of a cow by a Dalit family in the region of Saurashtra of Gujarat.

In a protest, seven Dalit youngsters attempted suicide in the region of Saurashtra over the allegations, leading protesters to torch state transport buses, one in Rajkot and another in Jamnagar.

The protest was against the brutal thrashing of four Dalit men on July 11, over cow killing allegations in Una, around 360 km from Ahmedabad. The victims were tied to the Sports Utility Vehicle, stripped and brutally assaulted by sticks of “Gau Rakshak” or self-made group of cow protectors.

The so-called cow protectors posted a video online as a “warning”, provoking outrage among the Dalit community across the country. The video immediately went viral on the social media.

According to police, the victims were tannery workers. They apparently told the culprits that they were only taking off the skin from the carcass. Not satisfied, the attackers started beating them with lathis and other weapons and also took away their chains and mobile phones. The culprits were identified thanks to the video, following which eight were arrested.

In a tweet, the CM said: “Our minister and parliamentary secretary have visited the spot. Compensation of Rs 1 lakh per person has been sanctioned. We will continue to extend all support to the victims. The government is committed to protecting and developing the weaker sections of society.”

On the same day, the Una Police Station has filed the case under Sections 307, 323, 324, 395 and 504 of the IPC, Gujarat Police Act Section 135, Section 3 (2) (v)-Prevention of Atrocities Act against six persons by Vasarambhai Balubhai Sarvaiya of Mota Samdiyala village of Una taluka of Gir Somnath district.

According to ANI, Congress leader PL Punia while condemning the act, said, “We are monitoring the situation. We have asked that action be taken on the culprits (seen in the video). A case should also be registered against the IO who neglected the matter. He should be sent to jail. We will make sure that action is taken against the accused and the victim’s family gets justice.”