With this, a total of nine persons have been arrested in the case. District Superintendent of Police M Ravi Prakash said Vaka Gopi (26), native of Kamanagaruvu village in Amalapuram Mandal, was arrested today under the SC, ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and a local court sent him in judicial remand.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister N Chinarajappa visited victims of the attack at a hospital in Amalapuram and enquired about their health. Allavaram police had on Wednesday arrested eight persons for allegedly beating up two Dalits who tried to skin a dead cow.

The police, however, had clarified that the incident, which happened late on Monday night, had nothing to do with "cow vigilantism" as suspected.

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