New Delhi: A caretaker in a Delhi farmhouse was beaten to death and six people were injured after a group of 10-15 men, claiming to be cow vigilantes, attacked them on suspicion that they were slaughtering cows, police said Tuesday. Rajaram (40) was assaulted in the farmhouse in Dwarka’s Chhawla area and succumbed to injuries at a hospital, Monday, they informed.
The police said two FIRs have been registered based on separate complaints by one of the injured men and some locals. They have arrested five men for alleged cow slaughter so far, while no arrest has been made in the murder and assault case.
Rajaram’s family denied the allegations against him. They claimed he was targeted ‘by locals’ for no reason. However, according to the FIR, one of the injured associates of Rajaram said that they were called by him to kill cows after which their meat was sold.
“My husband is innocent. All he did for earning extra is selling cow milk to nearby villagers and run a battery rickshaw which was taken on rent,” the wife of the deceased claimed.
The police said that information was received that a group of men was slaughtering cows and selling the meat in the area on the intervening night of April 10 and 11.
A police team rushed to the spot, but before they could reach there, 10-15 unidentified people, claiming to be ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow vigilantes), reached the farmhouse and attacked those inside it, a senior police officer said.
“When we reached the spot, we found the men were being attacked. The staff intervened and all injured persons were taken to nearby hospitals,” he informed.
One case was registered under sections 429 (Mischief by killing or maiming cattle, etc., of any value or any animal of the value of fifty rupees), 120 (Concealing design to commit offence punishable with imprisonment), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and other sections of Delhi Agriculture Prevention Act and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.
The second case registered on the complaint of injured worker under IPC sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 341 (wrongful restraint), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 34 (common intention).
Shankar Chaudhary, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) said that an incident of cow slaughter was reported and the team arrested five persons involved in the matter.
“Later, one of the accused, Shanu, alleged they were thrashed by miscreants. Rajaram, who was a suspect in the cow slaughtering case, was taken to a hospital but felt unwell. He was rushed to RM Hospital where he died. We are investigating the matter and will arrest the miscreants,” he said.