Man assaulted over cow slaughter drive

Man assaulted over cow slaughter drive

A 45-year-old lawyer-cum-social activist was assaulted by a group of about 20 young men in Gangondanahalli, off Mysore Road on Wednesday, in what appears to be an attack motivated by his campaign against cow slaughter.

Mahendra Munnoth, the lawyer who also runs a medical store in Vijayanagar, was assaulted just after he finished distributing booklets against cow slaughter at the MMI Urdu School. His two friends, Rajesh Jain and Chandrashekar, as well as his driver Upendra came to his rescue but they too came under attack. The group also damaged Munnoth’s car.

In the meantime, some residents called the Chandra Layout police but by the time the police reached the spot, the attackers had fled the spot. Munnoth suffered injuries in the head, face and hands.

Policemen who arrived at the spot took all the four injured men to a nearby hospital where they are being treated. In order to prevent the situation from going out of control, a large number of police personnel were deployed in the area, a senior officer said. Three ACPs, six inspectors, 12 sub-inspectors and 80 constables, along with a battalion of the KSRP, were deployed to avert further clashes.

“Munnoth has been engaged in a campaign against cow slaughter for the last 15 years. On Wednesday at 11 am, he went to the school and distributed booklets among the students. The booklet contained information about how a domestic animal like cow is useful for human beings and the society at large,” the officer said.

Another police officer, who visited the spot, suspected that the attackers might have been angered by a complaint lodged at the Chandra Layout police station a few days that a group of people was selling beef on the roadside, obstructing the movement of people.

Police said they had definite evidence against the attackers and efforts were on to trace them. A few staged a protest in front of the Chandra Layout police station, demanding that the attackers be apprehended.

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