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Nation Other News 24 Aug 2016 Gujarat: 2 Dalits be ...

Gujarat: 2 Dalits beaten up for refusing to dispose off cow carcass

Published Aug 24, 2016, 11:59 am IST
Updated Aug 24, 2016, 2:27 pm IST
The Gujarat police have arrested the village head, who allegedly led the cow vigilantes, and four others.
At least seven people thrashed two Dalit men who refused to clear the carcass of a calf in Gujarat's Mandal village. (Photo: PTI/Representational)
 At least seven people thrashed two Dalit men who refused to clear the carcass of a calf in Gujarat's Mandal village. (Photo: PTI/Representational)

Rajkot: Two Dalit men were on Sunday allegedly beaten up by cow vigilantes for refusing to dispose off the carcass of a calf in Mandal village in Saurashtra region of Gujarat.

According to a report, the victims Nagji Rathod and Mayabhai Rathod, have alleged they were beaten by seven people for refusing to remove the carcass. A complaint was later filed by Nagji against the seven people.


The Dalit community in Gujarat have stopped the work of clearing cattle carcasses since the Una incident in July.

The Gujarat police have booked Mandal village head Atabhai Ahir, Bhola Bharvad, Bhopa Bharvad, Mepa Bharvad and three others, who are yet to be identified, under various sections of Indian Penal Code and Prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act on Monday.

Ahir, who allegedly led the group of cow vigilantes, has been arrested.

"Two days ago, a calf died on roadside in Mandal village. Sarpanch Atabhai Ahir approached Nagji and asked him to dispose the dead animal. But Nagji refused saying he has stopped disposing dead animals in wake of the attacks on their community by cow vigilantes," Nagji's elder brother Soma Rathod said.

The Rathod family was attacked by cow vigilantes or gau rakshaks in May as well.

Earlier this month, a 15-year-old boy Dalit boy in Gujarat’s Bhavda village was thrashed because his father had refused to clear cattle carcasses.

Location: India, Gujarat, Rajkot