Six persons were attacked in a farmhouse at Chhawla in south-west Delhi’s Dwarka on Monday by a group of men on the suspicion that they were slaughtering cows, the police said on Tuesday. One of the attacked persons, who was the farmhouse’s caretaker, died later.
The remaining five persons have been arrested for allegedly slaughtering cows, the police added.
The police had received a tip-off that a group of men were slaughtering cows and selling the meat in the area. A team rushed to the spot, but before they could reach there, 10-15 unidentified men claiming themselves as ‘gau rakshaks’ (cow vigilantes), reached the farmhouse and attacked those inside it, the police said.
DCP (Dwarka) Shankar Choudhary said, the caretaker Raja Ram was attacked by the miscreants and left injured. He was admitted to a hospital but he felt unwell after getting discharged. Ram was then taken to RTRM Hospital in Rawta More, where the doctors declared him brought dead.
According to an FIR filed by one of the accused, the incident occurred on the intervening night of April 10 and 11 around 2.10 a.m. No arrest has been made in the murder and assault case and efforts are on to nab them, the police said.
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 was registered on the complaint of the injured 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).