Odisha: Three Dalit men assaulted for alleged cow slaughter

Three Dalit men were assaulted by a group of 30 Bajrang Dal goons on May 1 when the trio were skinning a dead cow in the Bargadh district in Odhisha.

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According to a press release by the All India Lawyers’ Association for Justice (AILAJ), the three men, belonging to the Dalit community, are residents of Chakarkend village. On May 1, they received a call from an upper caste family in Nileshwar village to take a dead cow away.

The three men – Kailas Ravidas, Bighnraj Meher, and Dukhu Meher – took the dead cow and were skinning it when they were surrounded by at least 30 Bajrang Dal goons.

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Assuming the occurrence of cow slaughter, the goons started brutally assaulting them leading to one of them losing his consciousness.

On Wednesday, advocate Sitaram Meher of AILAJ Odhisha filed a complaint against the perpetrators at Sadar police station, Puri. The victims’ community also demanded free medical care be given to the three injured men. An FIR has been registered.

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