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Cow vigilantes’ terror: Another life lost in Madhya Pradesh

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Special Correspondent

Bhopal/Raisen: Terror of cow vigilantes led to a life being lost in Madhya Pradesh, orphaning four children.

A truck driver who had accidentally hit three cows to death had jumped in a swelling river in Raisen district of the state to protect self from some right wing cow vigilantes.

However his body was found at Pipliya Ghat on Barna River on Saturday. The deceased Mani Lal Parmar alias Manu, a resident of Mandideep in Hoshangabad district, is survived by his aged mother, wife and four children.

The cleaner of the truck, Mohsin Khan who had also jumped into the river along with Mani Lal after Bajrang Dal activists attacked them on Thursday night, survived by clinging to a stone on river bank throughout night.

Cattle standing or squatting on highways in large numbers or crossing roads in hordes is a common sight in Madhya Pradesh. They often cause huge obstacles to peak hour traffic.

The incident occurred on Barna River bridge under Sultanpur police station on Jabalpur-Jaipur Highway. After an accident that killed three cows, Bajrang Dal members attacked the driver and the cleaner forcing them to jump off the bridge.

Police was searching for the duo, but could not trace them. However on Friday, Mohsin Khan himself reached the Sultanpur police station and gave details of the incident.

Mani Lal hailed from Baroda in Gujarat and was sole breadwinner of the family. He had recently settled in Mandideep and was eking livelihood by driving truck.

The body was handed over to the kin after postmortem on Saturday.

The in-charge of Sultanpur Police Station, Jaipal Singh Inawati told that the Bajrang Dal activists who attacked the duo have not been identified. “However we are registering case against unknown persons and due action would be taken once the accused are identified,” the in-charge said.

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