In a fresh incident of cow vigilantism, at least five people including a 9-year-old girl were attacked by cow vigilantes or ‘gau rakshaks’ in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir on April 22. The injured have been shifted to hospital.
According to the Police official, a FIR has been lodged in the matter and five of the attackers have been identified.
The incident took place when a nomad family was moving with their livestock at Talwara area.
The victims said, they were stopped by a large group of cow vigilant and beaten up. The attackers also took away their entire flock including goat, sheep and cows.
Earlier, a Muslim man died after a mob attacked his cattle truck on a highway in Alwar, Rajasthan on April 5.
Following this, the Supreme Court issued notices to six state government including Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Maharshtra and sought a detailed reply in three weeks from Rajasthan government regarding the matter.
The SC was acting on a petition by Congressman Shehzad Poonawalla, that cited 10 cases of violence over alleged cow slaughter or smuggling, including lynching of Mohammad Akhlaq in Dadri in 2015, the attacks on Dalits at Gujarat’s Una last year and the latest incident in Rajasthan’s Alwar where a dairy farmer was killed.