New Delhi: A 35-year-old man attached to Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) cow protection wing was attacked with sharp-edged weapons and then shot dead by a group of people in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad district. The deceased identified as Ravi Vishwakarma was said to be the district in-charge of the VHP’s ‘gau raksha’ wing. The incident took place on Friday when Vishwakarma was returning from Hoshangabad with two others in a car.Also Read - No Lockdown, Will Set Up 'Open Jails' For COVID Protocol Violators: MP Govt
Speaking to PTI, Pipariya police station in-charge Satish Andhwan said,”The attack took place at around 7 PM. A group of ten people attacked Vishwakarma and two others in the car with sharp-edged weapons. They then shot two rounds, one of which hit Vishwakarma in the chest, killing him on the spot. The other two also received injuries. The attackers fled,” Andhwan said. Also Read - Woman Vaccinated 4 Times Tests Positive For COVID-19, Stopped From Boarding Flight From Indore
He added that a case has been registered against ten accused and efforts are on to nab them. “It may be a fallout of an old enmity between Vishwakarma and the attackers,”he asserted further. Also Read - MP: Woman Forced To Undergo 'Purification' For Marrying Dalit Man
Meanwhile, VHP ‘prant sah mantri’ Gopal Soni told PTI that it was a planned murder. “Vishwakarma was working for the protection of cows as district chief of VHP’s gau raksha wing. His killing should be probed thoroughly,” Soni said.
A video of the incident is also doing rounds on the social media. In the video, a group of men, some of them with their faces covered are seen attacking the car near a bridge. A woman’s voice can also be heard in the video asking the attackers to leave.