Ahmedabad: A truck conductor carrying 30 buffaloes from North Gujarat’s Deesa to South Gujarat’s Bharuch was stabbed with a sharp-edged weapon by unidentified gau-rakshaks in Ahmedabad’s Ramol on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. The injured conductor has been identified as Zaheer Qureshi, a resident of Deesa in Banaskantha district.

Two FIRs have been registered by the Ramol police. One against the driver and conductor for illegally carrying the buffaloes under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act and another against the four unidentified gau-rakshaks for attacking the conductor.

The conductor, Qureshi, in his complaint said that the truck driver Mustafa Sipai, a resident of Deesa, had approached him on Saturday night to accompany him as conductor for a trip from Deesa to Bharuch and he had agreed to it. There were around 30 male buffaloes in the truck.

Around 12.30 AM some unidentified persons claiming themselves to be ‘gau-rakshaks’ tried to stop the truck. Soon, Qureshi and Sipai saw police at some distance on the highway and hence stopped the truck. He said he tried to run away out of fear when two unidentified persons came on a two-wheeler and one of them stabbed him with a sharp-edged knife-like weapon. He fell unconscious thereafter.

Ramol police inspector M S Kotwal said, “Sipai has been arrested on the spot whereas Qureshi will be arrested after he recovers from the injury,” Kotwal said. The FIR against Qureshi and Sipai has been registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by Lok Rakshak Dal (LRD) jawan Yogirajsinh.

An investigation is underway to nab the accused.