One of the eight protesters, who had consumed poison while demanding cow to be declared as ‘Rashtra Mata’ (mother of nation), died on Thursday.
Despite deployment of police personnel, the eight activists managed to consume pesticides and were immediately rushed to civil hospital earlier in the day.
“One of them, identified as Hindabhai Vambadiya, died at the hospital while undergoing treatment whereas condition of three others is said to be critical,” said ACP Kalpesh Chavda.
35-year-old Vambadiya was part of the group that had gathered outside the premises of the collector office in Rajkot demanding that government should declare cow as ‘Rashtra Mata’ (mother of India).
They managed to consume pesticides even before police personnel could prevent them from doing so.
Former Congress MP from Rajkot, Kunvarji Bavaliya and chairman of ‘Gau Seva Ayog’ Vallabhbhai Kathiriya rushed to the hospital after the incident but were blocked by protesters from entering the premises of the hospital.
A call for Gujarat bandh has been given by ‘Gau Rakshak Samiti’, which had launched the protest for declaring cow as “Rashtra Mata”, over the death of Vambadiya.
The ACP said they will investigate how the activists managed to consume poison despite presence of police and the tip-off in advance about the impending suicide attempt.
Those in hospital are identified as Kamlesh Rabari (29), Dinesh Loriya (45), Amar Danidharaiya (35), Raghuvirsinh Jadeja (30), Vala Maru (36), Vijay Sindhav (28) and Deepak Vaghela. Police did not disclose the names of the activists whose condition is critical.