27 Jun 2023

Maharashtra: Man lynched by cow vigilantes in Nashik; one seriously hurt; 2nd incident in 2 week

Nashik: A group of 'cow vigilantes' allegedly lynched a 32-year-old man on suspicion of transporting beef in Maharashtra's Nashik district, police said on Monday. Police have arrested 11 persons for the crime.

This is the second incident in Nashik in nearly two weeks of killing of a person by 'gau rakshaks'.

The latest incident occurred on Saturday evening near Gambhirwadi on Ghoti-Sinnar Road in Igatpuri area of Nashik, over 150 km from Mumbai.

Two men were transporting meat in a car to Mumbai when they were stopped and attacked allegedly by a group of 10 to 15 'cow vigilantes' with steel rods and wooden sticks.

The duo Afan Ansari (32) and Nasir Qureshi (24), both residents of Kurla in Mumbai, received grievous injuries in the attack.

They were rushed to SMBT Hospital in Dhamangaon area where Ansari was declared dead during treatment. Qureshi was undergoing treatment.

11 people arrested

Based on Qureshi's complaint, the Ghoti police have arrested 11 persons and a case has been registered on charges of murder.

The meat samples have been sent to a forensic lab for testing and further probe is underway into the case, he said.

On June 8, three men transporting cattle on a tempo were attacked allegedly by a group of 'cow vigilantes', police earlier said.

The body of one of them, identified as Lukman Ansari (23), was recovered from a gorge at Ghatandevi in Igatpuri area on June 10, they said.

Strictest punishment demanded

Meanwhile, the Federation of Maharashtra Muslims has demanded the strictest punishment for the accused and appealed to state home minister Devendra Fadnavis to take immediate action against cow vigilantes and other such elements responsible for committing violence in the name of cow protection.

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