An angry Dalit mob threatened to dump carcasses across Gujarat's Saurashtra region to protest against the cow vigilantes who allegedly thrashed members of a Dalit family at Una last week for skinning a dead cow.
The protesters also used tractors to bring cow carcasses and dumped them outside the District Collector's office. An angry mob also dumped the dead bodies near government offices in Gondal and Surendranagar.
"Dalits will stop lifting dead animals. We told the government to ask Shiv Sainiks and the self-proclaimed cow protectors to collect and dispose of the carcass from the villages and towns," the Times of India quoted BK Parmar, a Dalit rights activist in Surendranagar as saying.
Seven Dalit youths also reportedly attempted suicide on 18 July at two places in Rajkot district of Gujarat to protest against the assault.
Parts of Gujarat have been tense after seven members of a Dalit family were allegedly beaten up for skinning a dead cow in Mota Samadhiyala village of Una taluka in Gir Somnath district on 11 July. Four members of Bablu Sarvaiya's family were tied to a car and beaten with sticks and iron pipes. A video of the incident went viral, following which police took action.