Mangalore, Aug 25: A group of 50 people belonging to a right wing outfit allegedly assaulted the driver and cleaner with the deadly weapon of a vehicle transporting cattle near Capitanio on August 23, Saturday night.
Reportedly, driver Abdul Sameer (34), a resident of Uppala and cleaner Shoukath Ali resident of Thokkottu were the assaulted, while transporting 12 cattle in a vehicle bearing Kerala registration number from Uppinangady towards Mangalore.
Abdul Sameer, who was seriously injured during the assault has been admitted to a private hospital and is been taking treatment at ICU, while Shoukath Ali is taking treatment at Outpatient ward at Wenlock hospital. Another person identified as Fiaz, who was present in the vehicle has said to be escaped from the spot.
It is learnt that, a group of people forcibly stopped the vehicle transporting cattle near Capitanio while, on their way from Uppinangady. The assaulters pulled out the duo from the vehicle and thrashed them badly and dragged them till Pumpwell by holding their hair.
On getting the information, the Kankanady police arrived at the spot and saw the attack and arrested five from the spot. They also took vehicle and 12 cattle to the police station.
Speaking on the occasion, Abdul Sameer’s brother Mohammed Basha said that, Sameer was working as a driver in a lorry transporting fishes. Since it was not a fishing season, he worked as a driver for other vehicles too. He has purchased cattle from Uppinangady and was transporting to Mangalore, he said.
Assaulted Sameer said that, the group had followed them from Brahmarakootlu Tollgate in many vehicles and when they reached Capitanio, their vehicle was interrupted by a bus and the group assaulted them with iron rods and wooden logs from Capitanio petrol pump to Pumpwell. They also snatched mobile phones and cash of Rs 20,000 from us, he added.
DCP Pawan Nechoor said that, the cattle transported in the vehicle were not illegal. But, the case has been registered against the duo at Mangalore Rural Police Station for transporting the cattle with inhuman manner.
City Police commissioner R Hitendra said that the Kankanady police have arrested five and booked case against them for attack and damaging vehicle.