Cattle trader in Karnataka lynched by Hindutva cow vigilantes

The FIR states that although the cattle trader showed the purchase documentation that the cattle was brought from the local market, the cow vigilantes abused him, asked him to “go back to Pakistan” and assaulted him, which resulted in his death.
Idrees Pasha
Idrees Pasha
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A cattle trader in Karnataka’s Ramanagara district was brutally murdered on Saturday, April 1, allegedly by Hindutva activists on the pretext of transporting cattle illegally. The deceased has been identified as Idrees Pasha, a resident of the state’s Mandya district. The incident has caused unrest among the local community and the victim's family, who are demanding quick justice for the victim. Two of Pasha’s associates – Syed Zaheer, the driver of the container and Irfan, who was in charge of loading, were physically assaulted by the activists. The police have booked prominent pro Hindutva activist Puneeth Kerehalli and four others in the case. 

The accused have been booked under Sections 302 (Murder), 341 (wrongful restraint), and 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) of the IPC, based on a complaint lodged by Pasha's family members. The FIR states that although Pasha showed the purchase documentation that the cattle was bought from the local market, Puneet abused him and demanded Rs 2 lakh. Puneet then allegedly asked Pasha to "Go back to Pakistan", chased and assaulted him, resulting in his death. 

The family members of the deceased claim that Puneet and his colleagues were cow vigilantes and demanded a sum of Rs 2 lakh to release Pasha. If they were not paid, they threatened to kill him. Pasha's family members have been protesting with his body and demanding action against Puneet and his associates. 

With the incident coming to light, photographs of Puneet with several prominent BJP leaders in Karnataka including South Bengaluru MP Tejaswi Surya, BJP National Secretary CT Ravi, began to surface on social media, pointing out his proximity to the state’s ruling party.

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