Earlier this month a video which went viral on social media which showed a group of cow vigilantes in Gujarat beating up some dalit men accusing them of cow slaughter.
Turns out, the cow was killed by a lion and not by the youths as accused by the gau rakshaks.
The Gujarat CID which is investigating the incident said as per eyewitness statements it has been established that the cow was in fact killed by a lion and the men who were trashed by the gang was only skinning it before it was buried.
Balu Sarvaiya, father of one of the victims, Vasaram, told The Indian Express that he got a call around 8 am from Najabhai Ahir of Bediya village, who said a lion had killed his cow and he needed someone to dispose the carcass.
Vasaram along with his brother Ramesh, cousin Ashok and relative Becharbhai went and collected the dead animal.
According to Balu, while they were skinning the cow, a vehicle passed them, only to return later accompanied by other vehicles.
There were around 30-35 men with stick who began beating them up claiming that the youths had killed the cow.
Even though 16 people have been arrested in connection with the attack, they are still looking into who passed the information of the alleged cow slaughter to the vigilantes
They are also looking into the actions of the the Gir Somnath police.
“We are probing the policemen on duty and the role of the accused. While police papers of the investigation do not mention any post-mortem examination of the cow, they do record that samples have been taken for forensic examination. We are also investigating what happened to an input from the state police control room about beef being transported in Una,” Keshavji Saradava, Deputy Superintendent of Police, CID (Crime) told The Indian Express.
The incident which came to light through a video shot and circulated by the vigilantes themselves had caused a massive stir in Gujarat.
Dalits had boycotted collecting dead cows which resulted in a lot of them being rotting on the streets.
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