Gau rakshaks who tried to prevent cows being illegally smuggles were attacked by Islamists in Telangana. As the they took shelter in a temple, the smugglers chased them and entered the temple to attack them. After information about the attack spread through social media Hindu organisations gathered at the spot and staged a protest demanding the arrest of cow smugglers.
On the night of February 22, members of Gau Raksha Dal came to know of cows being smuggled in the Karmanghat area near Meerpet in Telangana. When they followed the Bolero vehicle transporting cows to stop them, Muslims who were illegally transporting the cows for slaughter attacked them. In a video of the incident shared by Telangana BJP leader Veerendra Babu in Facebook, some persons can be seen assaulting the gau rakshaks who followed the vehicle.
Telugu media reports say that gau rakshaks were following the vehicle in an Innova car which was hit by the former. When gau rakshaks confronted the Muslims they attacked them with knives. Gau rakshaks went to the Karmanghat Hanuman temple nearby where Muslims followed them and reportedly attacked the temple as well and their vehicle was damaged.
As information about the attack spread in social media, BJP and Hindu organisations came to the spot. By then smugglers had escaped with the cows. Hindu organisations staged a protest demanding arrest of those who tried to illegally transport cows and attacked them. However police is said to have lathi charged the protesters as a result of which a tense situation prevailed. A large number of security personnel including the strike force have been deployed in the area.
Built in 1143CE by Kaktiyas, the Dhyananjaneya temple in Karmanghat has an interesting legend. When Aurangazeb’s forces came to demolish the temple they were chased away by a divine power. Not believing his troop’s accounts, Aurangazeb himself is said to have come to destroy the temple.
However when he tried to demolish the temple he saw a bright light over the temple and heard a voice saying “Karo man ghat” (before touching the temple). He left without touching the temple. The temple and area acquired the name Karmanghat from that incident. Yesterday Telangana CM K Chandrasekara Rao’s son and Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development KT Rama Rao had tweeted accusing the BJP government in Karnataka of being “inept at controlling communal violence”. On the same day Muslims had attacked Hindus with knives in Telangana.
Member of Gau Raksha Dal had lodged a complaint with the police. Based on that 6 persons, Mohammad Yousuf (50), Mohammad Nissar (19), Mohammad Nawaz (23), Mohammad Ayub (21), Mohammad Mosin Kamal (35) and Soudamoni Lingamaiah, driver of the vehicle have been arrested by the police under sections 307, 295(A), 153(A), 427, 341, 147, 148 and 149 of IPC and sections 11 and 38(3) of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.