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MP: Hindu youth booked for ‘killing’ cow, was asked to atone for ‘sin’

Police’s action came after right-wing activists pressured the cow owner Shankar Ahirwar to file a case against the youth, Mohan Tiwari.

cities Updated: Jul 23, 2017 22:24 IST
Anupam Pateriya
Anupam Pateriya
Hindustan Times, Sagar
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According to Ahirwar’s complaint, Mohan allegedly attacked the cow with a sharp edged weapon while trying to chase it away because of which the animal was injured and later succumbed.(REUTERS)

Madhya Pradesh police on Saturday booked an upper caste Hindu youth for allegedly killing a cow, a day after he was spared by village elders who asked him to atone for his “sin” by taking a dip in the Ganges and organising a feast for villagers.

Police’s action came after right-wing activists pressured the cow owner Shankar Ahirwar to file a case against the youth, Mohan Tiwari.

The incident happened at Dumbhar village under Baldevgarh police station limits in Tikamgarh district.

Baldevgarh police station officer KB Arya told HT that Mohan had gone to Allahabad to take a dip in the Ganges, and would be arrested on return.

According to sources, Ahirwar had taken his cow to the village outskirts for grazing on Friday. While grazing, the cow strayed into the farm of Bhumani Tiwari, Mohan’s father.

According to Ahirwar’s complaint, Mohan allegedly attacked the cow with a sharp edged weapon while trying to chase it away because of which the animal was injured and later succumbed.

However, Bhumani told local media that while shooing away the cow from the field, it got trapped in the metal fence due to which it was injured and died later.

“My son didn’t attack the cow. My son was chasing it. The cow was injured by the fencing and died,” he said.

As the news of the cow’s death spread in the area, Bhumani urgently called a meeting of the community elders’ panchayat, which ordered Mohan to go to Allahabad for a holy dip in the Ganges and later organise a feast for the villagers.

“According to our Hindu customs, we had to do ‘prayashchit’ (atone for our sins). So I sent my son to Allahabad for taking a holy dip in Ganges. We will also organise a feast for the villagers later,” Bhumani said.

However, on Saturday, activists of Bajrang Dal and Bajrang Sena got information about the incident and persuaded Ahirwar to lodge a complaint. They also pressured Baldevgarh police to lodge a case.

“Following the complaint, autopsy of the cow was conducted by a veterinary doctor. We have lodged a case under section 429 of IPC (mischief by killing or maiming cattle) and under section 6 of MP Cow Protection Act against Mohan Tiwari,” Arya said, adding that they are also looking into the role of the community panchayat.

First Published: Jul 23, 2017 21:02 IST