A 29-year-old man on Friday died three days after he was thrashed allegedly by so-called cow vigilantes (gau rakshaks) in Ahmedabad, adding fuel to the escalating controversies surrounding cow vigilantes’ heinous unlawful acts across the country.
The deceased victim, Mohammed Ayyub Shaikh, was driving a car that was “carrying two calves” when it met with an accident three days ago in Anandnagar area of Ahmedabad. He died on Friday at VS Hospital due to severe injuries. He was also assaulted by unidentified people after the accident on September 13.
Ayyub’s acquaintance, Samir Shaikh, who was travelling with him on that day, recorded in police complaint that they were chased and thrashed by cow vigilantes. Shaikh was arrested later by the police for illegal possession of cow progeny, as per TOI report.
Ayyub is survived by wife Sarina and two children. A complaint of attempt to murder against the unknown accused was lodged by Anandnagar police. Ayyub is survived by wife Sarina and two children.
Aziz Pathan, maternal uncle of Ayyub, said:”We will not bury the body until the accused are arrested.” Pathan alleged that the police have fabricated the accident story to shield the accused.
Police, however, said there was no evidence supporting Shaikh’s claims. Ahmedabad police commissioner Shivanand Jha said, “CCTV footage of the stretch does not show any car chasing Ayyub’s car. We are further analysing more CCTV footage and will take appropriate action once the investigation is over.”