Delhi: Arrest made in vigilante attack on men transporting buffaloes

Delhi Police on Monday detained a 32-year-old man for allegedly attacking a group of three people that was transporting buffaloes in the national capital on Saturday night.

Delhi Police on Monday arrested a 32-year-old man for assaulting three men who were transporting buffaloes in the national capital, news agency IANS reported.

Shashank Sharma, the accused, was part of a group of 10-12 people that allegedly attacked Rizwan, Kamil and Ashu, who were transporting 14 buffaloes in a truck in south Delhi.

On Sunday, Delhi Police had said that the three men were transporting the animals for legal slaughter, but still arrested Rizwan, Kamil and Ashu under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The three were later released on bail.

Sharma belongs to Delhi's Rohini area and rents out vans for ferrying school children, IANS said.

The incident, which took place late Saturday night, also allegedly saw involvement from People For Animals, an NGO that is chaired by Union minister Maneka Gandhi.

PFA has denied involvement in the attack, but Delhi Police said that it was initially alerted to the movement of buffaloes Gaurav Gupta, an activist associated with PFA.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Romil Baaniya told IANS that closed-circuit television footage from main roads in the area was being examined to identify more attackers.