Unidentified men who claimed to be cow protectors intercepted a tempo carrying buffalo calves and stabbed one person in Ramol area here late Saturday night, police said.
Zaheer Qureshi, the victim, was admitted in the civil hospital here.
The tempo truck, driven by Mustafa Sipai, was transporting 30 buffalo calves to Bharuch from Deesa when four-five persons wielding sticks tried to stop it, saying they were ‘gau rakshaks’, Qureshi, who was travelling as driver’s assistant, said in his police complaint.
“When the driver pulled over after seeing a police vehicle in the distance, two persons came on a motorcycle and stabbed Qureshi while Sipai managed to escape,” an official of Ramol police station said.
An FIR was lodged against unknown persons under IPC section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), he said.
Zaheer, 23, was rushed to the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital with a stab wound and was injected several units of blood.
His accomplice, Mustafa, ran away from the spot and hid behind a police van nearby, Danish Khan, an activist attending on Zaheer at the hospital, told news agency IANS.
Zaheer and Mustafa were travelling in a tempo van with eight buffalo calves from Deesa in North Gujarat when they were intercepted near Ramol in Ahmedabad by six people believed to be cow vigilantes and attacked by knives and batons.
“The two persons were intercepted by six people, including two motorcycle-borne youths, from the nearby Rabari colony, and attacked around 12.30 a.m,” Ahmedabad Deputy Commissioner Himkar Singh said.
Zaheer is out of danger, he said, adding he sustained one stab wound.
“We have rounded up some persons and finding out more details. We will soon get the assailants,” said Singh.
Yogirajsinh Gohil, member of an outfit called Lok Rashak Dal, lodged a counter-complaint against Sipai and Qureshi, alleging that they were carrying buffalo calves without mandatory documents.
Police registered an FIR against Sipai and Qureshi under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, the official said. Further investigation is underway.
(WITH IANS INPUTS)