People for Animals, of which minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi is the chairperson, has denied its people were involved in the incident. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons) Photograph: (Others)
The 'activists' claimed to be from the NGO People for Animals
Three men were beaten up in South Delhi Saturday night for transporting buffaloes, apparently by "animal rights activists".
News reports said the men claimed to be members of the NGO People For Animals (PFA).
The PFA website says it is "India's largest animal welfare organisation with a nationwide network of 26 hospitals, 165 units and 2.5 lakh members". Maneka Gandhi -- the minister for women and child development -- is its chairperson.
The PFA however has denied that its men were involved in the incident.
News reports said a mini truck transporting buffaloes was stopped in the Kalkaji area last night and three men assaulted.
The men were identified as Rizwan, Ashu, and Kamil. Reports said the three of them were taken to AIIMS.
Police said the three of them had suffered minor injuries.
But the "animal rights activists" -- most reports quoted one Gaurav Gupta, who claimed to be a PFA member -- denied they had attacked the trio.
Gupta was the one who called the police control room.
The buffaloes meanwhile, reports said, have been handed over to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.