New Delhi: Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s strong censure of ‘gau rakshaks’ rampant all across the country, two Dalit men were brutally beaten up after they were tied to a tree by alleged cow protectors in Andhra Pradesh’s Amalapuram.

Mokati Elisa and Mokati Rajam, the two men who were beaten, were hired by a farmer to skin his cow that had died of electrocution on Monday. When a group of self-anointed cow vigilantes came to know of this incident, they attacked the two brothers suspecting that they had killed the cow. The incident took place in Janakipeta area in Andhra Pradesh.

Both men were rushed to the hospital where one is said to be in a critical condition.

“We have registered a case under SCs/STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against some people, who are yet to be identified. We are investigating the case and gathering clues about the suspects,” an officer said.

This incidence takes place after the public flogging of Dalit individuals in Una, Gujarat for allegedly skinning a dead cow. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had openly condemned the violent ‘gau rakshaks’.