2 Dalits stripped and beaten by Gau rakshaks in Andhra Pradesh

A mob of “gau rakshaks” allegedly beat up two Dalits in East Godavari district after they skinned a cow which had died due to electrocution, police said yesterday.

 The incident took place at Janakipeta in Amalapuram town of the district in Andhra Pradesh.

According to police, after the cow died following electrocution, its owner, a farmer, engaged the two Dalits, who were brothers, for skinning the animal before it was buried last night.

On getting to know of the skinning, the “gau rakshaks” (cow vigilantes) went to the place and beat up the duo, identified as Mokati Elisha and Lazer, suspecting that they had killed the animal.

The two were admitted to a hospital in Amalapuram for treatment and Elisha’s condition was said to be serious.

 “We have registered a case under SCs/STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against some persons, who are yet to be identified. We are investigating the case and gathering clues about the suspects,” a police official said over phone from Amalapuram.

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