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Noida: Two more ‘gau rakshaks’ arrested for beating up duo transporting cow

The two were found hiding in their relatives’ houses and were arrested after a tip-off

noida Updated: May 08, 2017 11:12 IST
Sohil Sehran
Sohil Sehran
Hindustan Times
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The men claimed to be ‘gau rakshaks’, but did not cite an association with any group or organisation, police said.(Sunil Ghosh/HT Representative Photo)

Two more people have been arrested in connection with the thrashing of two men in Jewar area on Thursday while transporting a cow and a calf. Police said the two arrested were held on late Saturday night and Sunday morning from their relatives’ homes.

On Thursday evening, two men, identified as Jabar Singh (35) and Bhoop Singh (45) were allegedly attacked by a group of eight people when they were passing through Jewar with the two animals. The duo was heading to their home in Sirsa Manjhipur after getting the cow and the calf from Mehndipur village.

The two men arrested have been identified as Mahesh (45), who was nabbed on Saturday night, and Ashok (45), who was nabbed on Sunday morning. Police said among the four people who were identified, three have been arrested and one Om Prakash is absconding. The police are on the lookout for him.

Police said Mahesh and Ashok were staying at their relatives’ houses in Ranhara village. The houses were searched based on a tip-off, leading to the arrests.

All those named in the FIR are residents of Jewar town and had been allegedly following the two victims on Thursday. During questioning, they claimed to be ‘gau rakshaks’, but did not cite an association with any group or organisation, said the police.

The first among the group to be arrested, Gaurav (24), was held on Saturday around 8am near a bus stand when was trying to flee the area. He was later produced in court and sent to judicial custody.

Ajay Kumar Sharma, station house officer (SHO), Jewar police station, said, “Four people were identified in the FIR, of which three have been arrested and one is absconding. We are also working to arrest four others who were not identified at the time of filing the FIR. Their addresses have been traced and they will be arrested soon.”

Police said the attackers thought the victims were transporting the cow and calf for consumption, but when they were told that it was for some other purpose, they fled the spot, leaving behind the two injured men. The victims were spotted by locals, who informed the police. They were rushed them to a private hospital in Jewar and later shifted to the district hospital in Noida. They were discharged on Friday.

The two told the police that they had bought the bovines to start a dairy business.

“The cow was donated to my brother by his friend. The incident took place around 1pm near Devi Mandir in Jewar on Thursday, when my brother and nephew were giving the cow some water to drink. Both are able to speak, but their arms are fractured,” said Fateh Raj, brother of Bhoop Singh.

Police have registered a case under sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

First Published: May 07, 2017 23:58 IST