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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Moscow, Dec 4: About 2,500 seals have been found dead on the Caspian Sea coast in southern Russia, officials said Sunday.

Authorities in the Russian province of Dagestan said it was unclear why the mass die-off happened but that it was likely due to natural causes.

Regional officials initially reported Saturday that 700 dead seals were found on the coast, but the Dagestan division of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment later raised the figure to about 2,500.

Zaur Gapizov, head of the Caspian Environmental Protection Center, said in a statement that the seals likely died a couple of weeks ago. He added that there was no sign that they were killed or caught in fishing nets.

Experts of the Federal Fisheries Agency and prosecutors inspected the coastline and collected data for laboratory research, which didn't immediately spot any pollutants.

Several previous incidents of mass seal deaths were attributed to natural causes. Kazakhstan, which has a long Caspian coastline, reported at least three such incidents this year.

Data about the number of seals in the Caspian vary widely. The fisheries agency has said the overall number of Caspian seals is 270,000-300,000, while the Caspian Environmental Protection Center put the number at 70,000.