Mere days after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come down heavily on the self-styled cow vigilantes, calling them dangerous and a threat to society, another incident of violence at the hands of such elements has been reported from Andhra Pradesh. Two Dalit men were reportedly tried to a coconut tree, stripped and brutally thrashed for skinning a dead cow. Mokati Elisa and his brother Lazar were on Monday attacked by about 100 'Gau Rakshaks', when they were skinning a cow, which was killed due to electrocution, said the police. The culprits accused the victims of stealing and killing the animal, before attacking them.
The incident has been reported from Amalapuram. The victims have been hospitalised in critical condition, and two of the attackers have been identified as Gangadhar and Ramana. This comes just a week after the PM had delivered a tough message against practising such brand of vigilantism. Speaking in the neighbouring state of Telangana, he had said, "If you have a problem, if you feel like attacking someone, attack me, not my Dalit brothers. If you want to shoot anyone, shoot me, not my Dalit brothers." He had warned the audiences of the 'fake Gau Rakshaks', who he said were diving the country and should be isolated.