Nandini Neeraj, a techie working with Wipro Limited and an animal rights activist of Bengaluru, and her friends were allegedly attacked by over 100-strong mob for trying to rescue animals from an illegal slaughterhouse and reporting illegal cow-slaughter to the police. Because of the attack, 45-year-old Nandini has had her hand fractured and suffered head injuries. Her friend has also sustained injuries.
According to reports, Nandini was driving around Avalahalli near Tippu Cirlce in J.P. Nagar of Bengaluru on Friday evening with her friends when they suspected some illegal activity going on in the area. According to Nandini, her friends saw cows being taken to a secluded place in the area and then being slaughtered. It is reported that a number of illegal beef shops also operate in the area. They had also learned of 14 cows being found in that place.
Nandini went to Thalaghattapura police station with her friends, brought the matter to the notice of police officer and lodged a complaint around 7:25 pm. As reported by the New Indian Express, the police complaint was filed by Nandini’s friend named Pushpa Bisht who was also accompanying her.
Nandini alleged that on the face of it, the police offered help but actually led her into a trap where a huge mob attacked her and her car. She said:
“Well aware that the place is tucked away, we requested the police to accompany us. On the reassurance that 15 officers were present there, I and Rijil, another friend, proceeded to the spot with two police constables. Pushpa stayed behind to get an acknowledgement of her complaint.”
Nandini was expecting some policemen at the spot as mentioned to her and her friends at the police station but was shocked to see none. She also alleged that the two policemen who had accompanied her to the spot got off the car and did nothing, while she was being attacked. She said:
“We were expecting police personnel there, but to our shock didn’t find them. Instead, we found a huge mob near the slaughter house where 11 heads of cattle were hidden in filthy conditions. Our car was attacked from all sides. They threw cement blocks at the car, damaging it badly. I sustained injuries on my right arm and head while Rijil sustained injuries on his left hand and face. There were more than 150-200 people around us.”
When she returned to the police station, the sub-inspector there reportedly shouted at her and her friends and refused to take their pictures as an evidence of the attack. She alleged that not even one policeman at the police station bothered to help her. She further says:
“We later returned to the police station and filed another complaint around 11.45 pm…Whoever attacked us had the intention to kill us. I will approach senior police officials regarding why police officials falsified information and why they did not book a case under IPC 307 (attempt to murder). If they do not co-operate, I will approach the courts for further action.”
The police has registered a case under sections of the Indian Penal Code and also under the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964.
S.D. Sharanappa, the DCP (south) of the jurisdiction alleged that the police acted upon the complaint by the activist and sent cops to the spot but the complainant doubted the police action and set out to the area herself and some incidents took place. The Indian Express quotes Sharanappa saying,
“There are contradictory versions about what occurred and we need to investigate and find out. The locals say there was an accident involving the complainant’s car which resulted in the gathering of a crowd.”
Meanwhile, BJP leader and former chief minister of Karnataka B.S. Yeddyurappa condemned the incident on Twitter:
Condemn the brutal mob-attack on the woman who exposed illegal cow slaughter. This violent attack today in Bengaluru is another proof law & order breakdown under @cmofkarnataka Sh. @siddaramiah
— B.S. Yeddyurappa (@BSYBJP) October 15, 2017
The incident highlights the feeble state of law & order in Karnataka and how the Congress-led government is failing to provide even the basic security for people and ensure adherence of laws such as Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act, 1964.
Earlier this month, a young software engineer named Pranay Mishra was stabbed to death in an incident of road rage. Not to forget the poor condition of roads with numerous potholes across the city leading to deaths of 4 people within this month. Chief Minister N. Siddaramaiah shockingly blamed BJP and heavy rains for the incident.
Some might see these issues as everyday matters in a big state but these indeed are serious issues crippling the Congress-ruled state of Karnataka. Yet some mainstream media houses fail to even report these, let alone taking a stand for them with the same kind of enthusiasm they do in states ruled by other political parties. While it is distressing to see all of this happening, it is even more terrible to see some elite journalists not questioning such incidents. We cannot forget how some media personalities used the killing of Gauri Lankesh to condemn the Prime Minister for no reason but didn’t care to vociferously question Siddaramaiah for the decline of law & order in Karnataka.