A mob of over 100 people attacked the team.

Bengaluru officials animal rights activists attacked while inspecting illegal slaughterhouses
news News Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 09:36

A team of law officers and animal rights activists in Bengaluru, was attacked by a mob of over 100 people, while conducting an inspection of illegal slaughterhouses near Yelahanka New Town on October 17. 

The incident occurred despite the presence of 35 police personnel at the site.

Advocates HV Harish and DP Prasanna, public prosecutor S Rachiah, and two volunteers, Kavitha Jain and Joshine Anthony, were attacked by the mob. 

S Rachai, speaking to the Deccan Herald, said it was a miracle that he and other members of the court-appointed team survived the attack.  

“The mob was about to torch the vehicle in which we were sitting,” he added. 

While they did not face any problems at three places they visited, the team was met with a hostile crowd when they reached a two-wheeler garage at DB Halli near Yelahanka New Town, reported Deccan Herald.

Police officials, in addition to the team of policemen accompanying the court-appointed team, swung into action as the crowd of locals grew in number. Miscreants pelted stones, damaging one police vehicle and a motorbike, reported TOI.

The inspection team was appointed by the Karnataka High Court and was at the slaughterhouse, seeking documents pertaining to the establishment, when the incident occurred.  

A case has been registered at Yelahanka New Town Police Station based on a complaint by a volunteer of an NGO who was part of the inspection team, according to Seemanth Kumar, Additional Police Commissioner, Bengaluru East, who spoke to TOI.

The incident comes days after two animal rights activists, including a software engineer, were allegedly assaulted by a mob at Avalahalli, near Talaghattapura, South Bengaluru, on Saturday when they were leading police to an illegal slaughterhouse. 

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