The victims, Nagji Rathod and Mayabhai Rathod of Mandal village were beaten up allegedly by seven men after they told them that they have stopped clearing animal carcasses in response to a state-wide call by Dalit activists against doing that work, police said. The victims were rushed to a hospital in Mahuva town.
Acting swiftly on a complaint, police arrested village head Atabhai Ahir, who allegedly led the vigilantes. Two of the attackers are yet to be identified.
“Two days back, a calf died in Mandal village. Sarpanch Atabhai Ahir asked Nagji to dispose the dead animal. He refused, saying he had stopped disposing dead animals after the attacks on their community by cow vigilantes,” said Soma Rathod, Mr Nagjia’s elder brother.