Mangaluru: Sangh Parivar activists attacked a youth with sword on the suspicion of illegal cow transportation, near Silver gate in Kulashekhar Nagar on Sunday morning.

The victim has been identified as Umar Farooq (32), a resident of Ulaibettu. The accused have fled the scene.

Incident detail: A tempo goods vehicle owned by Umar Farooq was transporting a load of Mango fruits from Ulaibettu to Mangaluru market at about 4:30 am on Sunday. When the vehicle reached near Kulashekhar Silvergate, a gang of three Sangh Parivar miscreants, who approached on a bike, reportedly intercepted the tempo.

The miscreants asked Umar Farooq if the cow was being transported through the goods tempo. Farooq replied that mangoes were being transported in the vehicle. They then abused Farooq over his cast and dragged him out of the vehicle.

Observing the situation, the driver of the vehicle, Ashfaq, ran to his safety; but Farooq was not fortunate enough to save himself from the attack. Consequently, the miscreants assaulted him with a sword and an iron rod before fleeing the location; injured Farooq informed Varthabharati.  

The victim sustained serious injuries on his leg, hand, and back. He was rushed to a private hospital in Mangaluru for the treatment.

Mangaluru city police visited the spot and launched the investigation. The vehicle loaded with mangoes has been taken to Kankanady city station.

Kankanady town police have registered a case in this regard.

2 suspects arrested: Mangaluru police have arrested two suspects in connection with this incident. The interrogation of the accused and investigation is on, said Police Commissioner Sandeep Patil.

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Mumbai (PTI): Maharashtra BJP leader Girish Mahajan on Thursday claimed that his party has the support of 170 MLAs, way above the 145 majority mark in the 288-member House that is necessary to form a government in the state.

The BJP is set to return to power in the state with the support of rebel Shiv Sena MLAs led by Eknath Shinde after chief minister Uddhav Thackeray tendered his resignation on Wednesday night, leading to the collapse of the 31-month-long three-party Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government.

Speaking to reporters here, former minister Mahajan said, "We have a support of 170 MLAs. We can comfortably face a floor test whenever we are asked to prove majority."

The BJP's strength in the House is 106, and it claims to have the support of at least 13 legislators.

Meanwhile, sources said that Eknath Shinde will reach Mumbai from Goa this afternoon to hold talks about government formation with BJP leaders.

Shinde had landed in Goa from Guwahati on Wednesday night with a group of 50 MLAs, of whom 39 are Sena dissidents, while others are independent legislators and those from small parties.

It is not yet clear if the Shinde-led group will merge with any party. Shinde Wednesday night reiterated that they are Shiv Sainiks and will remain in Shiv Sena.