Police have arrested four cow vigilantes who allegedly attacked two youths and a pickup van driver in Meerpet on Tuesday while they were transporting calves.
Police said that "around 30 youths from Badangpet intercepted the vehicle and after dumping the calves near Pedda Cheruvu, beat up the driver and the two youths who were in the vehicle." Police identified 14 people, arrested four and rescued the calves.
Vanasthalipuram ACP Bhaskar said that "onTuesday evening Faizan and Shaizan, residents of Bandlaguda, purchased seven calves from Maal Mandal in Ranga Reddy district and were transporting them to their place in a pickup van. When the vehicle reached CLR KTR Hall in Badangpet village, a mob of around 30 youths intercepted the vehicle and pulled out driver Venkatesh and the two youths, pushed them to the ground and beat them up severely."
“Later, they left the youths at the spot, took the driver along with the vehicle and after leaving the calves near Pedda Cheruvu, they sent away the vehicle,” he said.
A FIR was lodged by the friends of the victims. The youths who were seriously injured were immediately rushed to a hospital for treatment. A case under Section 147,148, 324 and 397 and 149 of IPC has been filed.
Police identified the youths who were members of the Jai Sriram Youth Ganesh Association and Siddi Vinayaka Hills Youth Association from Badangpet village.
Police arrested Y. Sunil, 23, working at a jewelry store in Punjagutta, B. Sai Chaintanyaraju, 24, and A. Venugopal, 23, both private sector employees and A. Manoj, 23, an electrician. Seven others who have been identified are absconding. The others have not been identified. The arrested persons were remanded.
The All India MIM has asked the Telangana DGP to stop the harassment of livestock traders and transporters. He also asked the arbitrary seizure of animals on the eve of Bakrid in Hyderabad, Cyberabad and other parts of Telangana by police and municipal officials.
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BY M. DIVYA SRI