Mangaluru: Action sought against cattle vigilante over assault on cattle trader | Mangaluru News – Times of India


Mohammad Hanif

MANGALURU: Mahammad Hanif, who was accused of cattle theft and violating Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, has sought justice and stringent action against cattle vigilantes who assaulted him recently.
Hanif, 34, was booked under IPC Section 370 for cattle theft and for cruelty to animals by Urwa police on June 14.
Acting on a tip-off from Bajrang Dal activists, Urwa police intercepted a pick-up van at Kottara Cross and arrested Hanif in this connection. Police had rescued four she-buffaloes and seized the vehicle used to transport the cattle.
The police had also booked another case against six people for assaulting Hanif, threatening him and trying to tie him to the vehicle. Preetham Shetty, Bhavith Shetty, Shrinivas, Jayaprashanth, Ashith and Sachin were arrested in connection with the case.
Hanif, a resident of Jok atte, told reporters at the Pathrika Bhavan in Mangaluru on Friday that he was transporting cattle with documents, but failed to show when police arrived after he was assaulted by vigilantes.
“I have bought 10 she-buffaloes from Ranebennur by obtaining required documents from a government veterinarian. However, I was waylaid by a group of 10-15 men who verbally abused me and assaulted me brutally. They not only robbed Rs 7,800 from my pocket, but also assaulted again by tying me to the vehicle. However, police has not booked them under appropriate law,” Hanif said.
In fact, police had booked six under Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation), 427 (causing damage) and 149 (unlawful assembly in prosecution of the common object) of the IPC.

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