New Delhi: Notwithstanding the claims that the attacks on "cow smugglers" are spontaneous and result of religious feelings, cow vigilantes in a TV sting operation boasted that the attacks were planned in advance and they all were well trained in inflicting near fatal injuries on their potential targets.
"When we set out, we have a single objective. We carry lathis matching our heights. If they (cattle traders) don't spare you or resist, you got to at least break their legs so that they cannot walk for the rest of their lives. This is what our team in Aligarh mostly does," Nagendra Kumar, spokesperson for the Rashtriya Gau Raksha Dal in Moradabad, reportedly said in the sting by India Today.
The sting done days after Pehlu Khan, 55-year-old farmer from Haryana, was beaten along with his colleagues in Alwar district of Rajasthan allegedly by cow vigilantes. Pehlu Khan later succumbed to his injuriesin a local hospital.
In reply to a question Pushpendra Sharma, the State President of the Gau Rakshak Dal in Uttar Pradesh said, "We inflict internal injuries. We fracture their bones, muscles, legs. We don't hit on the head and rip it apart. If we do that, our activists will be arrested."
Revealing how his men would ambush livestock lorries Acharya Sarvamitra Arya, a senior leader of Haryana Gau Raksha Dal, said, "Our boys mount a blockade and surround the trucks when they arrive. They (traders/drivers) flee from running vehicles. That's one thing. We have got some weapons also. Sometimes shootouts also take place from both sides."