Gir, July 13: A group of Dalits were allegedly tied to a car and beaten with iron rods and sticks as they were found skinning a cow at a village in Gir Somnath district. Three persons have been arrested, while the rest three are absconding.
Although the victims testified that they were skinning an already dead cow, the six accused claimed that the animal was already dead before being skinned.
The incident took place on Monday when the six people started harvesting blows on th ethree men whom they found skinning a cow. Wile two people sustained severe head injuries and were referred to Junagad civil hospital for treatment.
The six people have been identified as Ramesh Giri, Balwant Simer, Ramesh Bhagwan, Rakesh Joshi, Rasikbhai and Nagjibhai Vaniya. According to the police, the accused also looted three mobile phones. A case was lodged under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder), 395 (dacoity), 324 (causing hurt by dangerous means or weapons), 323 (causing hurt), and 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of peace), and relevant sections of the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.