A Bengaluru animal rights activist has alleged that she was assaulted by a mob indulging in alleged illegal cow slaughter, various media outlets reported on Monday.
The Indian Express reported that Nandini M, a software engineer working at Wipro, filed a complaint with the police on Friday, after she received information that some people were involved in illegal cow slaughter in Avalahalli.
According to India Today, Nandini and her friends were travelling around the area, when they spotted some men taking cows to a secluded location before slaughtering them.
The Indian Express reported that after the complaint was filed at the Talaghattapura police station, Nandini was escorted to the spot by two constables. However, she was shocked to find no other police official in the lane, where the suspected activity was going on.
Instead, the report added that a 100-member mob gathered around her Innova car, smashing its windows, leading to injuries on her arm and forehead.
"Assuming there would be police inside the lane, we went inside. There, I was shocked to see that we were alone. Not one cop was there. The mob got into a frenzy and hurled bricks at my vehicle," Nandini told India Today.
Nandini told The Indian Express that this might have been a trap laid by the police. India Today reported her as claiming that the the Sub Inspector at the police station was hand-in-glove with the cow slaughterers.
After the incident, Nandini once again went to police station to file a complaint against the mob.
“We later returned to the police station and filed another complaint around 11.45 pm. Police registered a case under IPC Sections 143 (unlaw assembly), 147 (rioting), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (assault or use of criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 427 (causing damage). Whoever attacked us had the intention to kill us," Nandini told The New Indian Express.
Nevertheless, the report added that the software engineer took strong exception to the police not booking a case under IPC 307, which relates to attempt to murder.
Nandini also alleged that after the incident the Sub Inspector and other officials at the police station ignored their pleas and refused to help them.
Nevertheless, the police defended itself, claiming that there are contradictory reports on the incidents, The Indian Express reported.
DCP (south) SD Sharanappa was quoted by the report as saying that the police had acted on the complaint filed by the victim and stopped the illegal slaughter of cattle. The police official also blamed the victim for trying to enter the lane without even trusting the police officials.
A senior officer told Hindustan Times, said that the mob pelted stones because Nandini’s car had hit a petty shop when she went back.
“The violence was because of the accident. We have rescued three cows from the spot," the officer was quoted as saying.
The Times of India reported that the police had not arrested anyone for the attack, adding that 14 cattle heads from the slaughterhouse. "We are investigating the case and will nab the culprits who assaulted Nandini and her friend," a police officer told the publication.
Reacting to the attack, senior BJP leader BS Yediyurappa tweeted that the law and order situation in Karnataka is deteriorating.
Condemn the brutal mob-attack on the woman who exposed illegal cow slaughter. This violent attack today in Bengaluru is another proof law & order breakdown under @cmofkarnataka Sh. @siddaramiah
— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) October 15, 2017
Updated Date: Oct 16, 2017 14:58 PM