A 70-year-old man was thrashed by cow vigilantes in Balrampur district of Uttar Pradesh when he was taking his ailing cow to a veterinarian, a DNA report said.
Kailash Nath Shukla from Lakshmanpur village was taking his cow to another village to get her treated on Thursday when he was surrounded by cow vigilantes in the Nandpur village. While the mob accused Shukla of dumping his cow in the village, a few people from the crowd alleged Shukla was trying to sell his cow to a Muslim man in another village.
According to the report, the mob assaulted the old man with sticks and then threw him in the gutter. After the assault, the old man was paraded through the village as a warning to others who dared to insult cows.
The DNA report also added that old man’s pleas that he was a Brahmin Hindu were not taken seriously by the mob.
A TimesNow report said the old man was tonsured and his face was blackened by the mob.
Police has registered a case and arrested four persons for assaulting Shukla.
Shukla is now recovering at a local hospital.
The incident comes days after a 20-year-old Muslim man was lynched by cow vigilantes after he was accused of stealing cattle, PTI reported.