A Bengaluru-based techie and animal lover was allegedly attacked by a mob in Avalahalli in the city on Saturday night, for trying to rescue cattle which was being illegally transported.
45-year-old Nandini and her friend Sejil were reportedly assaulted by a mob of at least 100 people when they went to Avalahalli in South Bengaluru to rescue cattle, along with two police constables.
Nandini told The Hindu that the mob attacked the car using boulders bricks that severely damaged the car. While Nandini fractured her hand and sustained injuries on her head, Sejil sustained injuries on her arms and face.
"We noticed illegal beef shops when we had gone on a visit to the area. 14 cows were tied there, out of which two calves were being taken to a small room in a nearby area for slaughter. Being animal lovers, we rushed to the nearest police station in Talaghattapura and gave a complaint. We were assured that action was being taken, and police officers were deployed in the area," Nandini told Outlook.
Nandini has alleged police involvement in the mob attack. She told The New Indian Express that she had proceeded to the spot on the assurance of Talaghattapura police officer Gowda, who assured them that 15 police personnel were deployed in the area.
"This was a trap set up by the police. When we went to the spot after police complaint, I saw a mob gathered," she told ANI.
According to reports, 14 cows were rescued from the area.
DCP (south) S D Sharanappa, under whose jurisdiction the alleged incident occurred, said that the police did act on the complaint of illegal slaughter filed by Nandini and sent personnel to stop the illegal activities.
"However, the complainant was doubtful about the police action and ventured into the area herself to check and some incidents occurred," he was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.