Amid huge uproar over the flogging of a Dalit family at Una in Gujarat over cow vigilantism, a mob of 'gau rakshaks' allegedly beat up two Dalits in Andhra Pradesh after they skinned a cow which had died due to electrocution.
On Monday in Amalapuram, Mokati Elisa and his brother Lazar were hired to skin a cow that had died of electrocution, the police said. While they were on the job, the brothers were attacked by around 10 "gau-rakshaks" or cow vigilantes who arrived at the spot accusing them of stealing and killing the animal.
The cow was electrocuted while grazing, said a senior police officer. Its owner, a vegetable vendor, had hired the brothers to skin it.
On getting to know of the skinning, the 'gau rakshaks' (cow vigilantes) went to the place and beat up the two men, suspecting that they had killed the animal.
The two were admitted to a hospital in Amalapuram for treatment and Elisha's condition is 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.
The brothers are in hospital; one of them is reportedly critical.