Six men in a car waylaid a van transporting cattle in a north Kerala district early on Monday, dragged out the driver and his assistant and assaulted them in a suspected case of cow-vigilantism in the southern state of Kerala. A cow-farm owner who had bought the cattle from Ismail, a seller in neighbouring Karnataka, said he suspected the assailants were local Bajrang Dal members. Kasaragod, in neighbouring Kerala where the van was intercepted on Monday, has also witnessed similar incidents because of the presence of Right-wing groups. The six occupants of the car dragged Hamza and Altaf out of the van, asked them where they were taking the cattle and beat them up even though they had fitness certificates issued by a vet for the cows, the police said, indicating the deal was legal.
“I suspect some local Bajrang Dal activists,” Harris told reporters. “I think I know two or three of the attackers as they are well-known faces in Badiyadka,” he said but didn’t reveal any names.