Panaji (Goa) : Shri. Hanumant Parab, the President of ‘Gou-vansh Raksha Abhiyan’, Goa and Shri. Amrut Singh, the President of ‘Animal Rescue Squad’ were brutally attacked by fanatics in the night of 12th February around 9.30 p.m. in Chorla Ghats. Shri. Parab and Shri. Singh had gone to meet the Superintendent of Police of Belgaum, Karnataka to lodge complaint against a gang which supplies beef in Goa.
They were returning to Goa in a vehicle. Fanatics got information that the ‘Gou-rakshaks’ had left Belgaum. 5 fanatics left Goa in one vehicle (Innova) to stop the ‘Gou-rakshaks’ in Chorla Ghat at a deserted spot and as soon as they saw their vehicle, it was stopped; but ‘Gou-rakshaks’ could not come out. As a result, the fanatics broke glasses of their vehicle and beat them up with sticks. Shri. Amrut Singh sustained serious head injuries and Shri. Parab has also got hurt. In this attack, driver Shri Vasudev Zarekar has been injured too. ‘Gou-rakshak’s vehicle is severely damaged in this attack.
The fanatics were then all ready to set the vehicle on fire along with ‘Gou-rakshaks’; when 3 vehicles passing by reached there. ‘Gou-rakshaks’ tried to shout and draw attention of the passing vehicles but fanatics tried to shoo them away. Two vehicles left but driver of 1 vehicle did not get scared and stopped; as a result, fanatics ran away. Injured ‘Gou-rakshaks’ crossed the ghat in the other vehicle and contacted Shri. Rajendra Kerkar, an environmentalist. Later, Shri. Amrut Singh and Shri. Parab were taken to Government hospital at Sakhali in the private vehicle of Shri. Kerkar.
Shri. Amrut Singh’s head has been fractured and he has suffered hemorrhage. He is being treated at Goa Medical College, Bamboli and is stated to be stable now. Shri. Hanumant Parab has been discharged after treatment.
Fanatics were keeping a watch on the vehicle of Shri. Parab and Shri. Singh from Belgaum and it was noticed by two members of Sriram Sene. As ‘Gou-rakshaks’ started their journey back to Goa, they were stopped at a deserted place in Ghats region, followed with the above incident which shows that the brutal attack was a pre-planned conspiracy.