Ram, goat and a fight in New Delhi: Ram gets a goat ram-punch in a Delhi courtroom.
Ram’s lawyer says Ram is a victim of a “witch hunt”.
A goat has been thrown at the Ram family home by a group of people, allegedly because the Rams allegedly ate pork.
A court in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad is hearing arguments on the charge of murder against Ram, a revered figure among Hindus.
Ram and his wife, Sarita, are accused of throwing the goat.
The goat has a history of causing trouble in the region, including one incident where a goat was attacked.
“The goat had thrown it in front of our house, and we didn’t even have a chance to defend ourselves,” Sarita Ram said.
“This is an insult to the family.
We have been here for many years, and the people who are attacking us are cow-toting and cow-hate-mongers.”
A court has granted a preliminary injunction against the Ram clan, which is based in the city of Panchkula, over the goat incident.
Sarita and her husband were arrested and charged with cow-killing and criminal intimidation.
“We are ready to fight this case to the end.
But the situation in Panchkhula has not changed,” Ram said in a statement to The Hindu.
The Ram family, who have been living in the Panchhula suburb of Moga, have been accused of murdering the goat, which was killed by a mob on a day when the Ramas were visiting their family in the nearby village of Raghav.
Ram, who is considered a hero among Hindu followers, was killed in February 2016 in the village of Chikkabathra, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the city.
“Raghav was a local hero,” said Ram’s brother, Rajeev, who lives nearby.
“He was killed because he tried to protect the people of Chilkabath.
This was a criminal act, and Ram was a victim.
The mob had no other choice but to kill him.”
The goat, a male, was found dead at the scene.
A local police official told Reuters news agency that there was no trace of the goat or the victim of the attack.
The police official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Ram clans home was being searched, but there was nothing to suggest that the incident took place there.
“I don’t think the police were involved in the incident,” he said.
Ram had come to Panchlary to witness the birth of his son and was accompanied by a priest when the goat attacked.
A mob then started hurling stones at the family, prompting the Ram patriarchs son, Dhananjay, to throw a stone at the mob, according to the police official.
The group of men, who had a reputation for being anti-social, attacked the Ram house, with the police saying they were not wearing masks.
The attack came two days after Dhananyal was killed during a Hindu ritual in Pichu, about 300 kilometres (200 miles) away.
Ram told reporters at the time that he had asked the Ram Patriarch to remove his mask, but the patriarchs father did not do so.
“When I came to the house, the priest was on the phone to the cops,” Ram told Reuters.
“There was a dispute between the brothers over the cow-related matter.
My brother asked the priest to remove the mask.”
A goat attack on a Hindu community in India is a sensitive issue in the state of Maharashtra, which has been rocked by a wave of cow vigilantism after an incident in the town of Kutch in December that led to a man being killed.
On January 2, police in Pachipur district in Maharashtra’s south-western state of Vidarbha said they had arrested a 24-year-old man and four others after a group was seen attacking a cow.
The men allegedly used a rope to strangle the animal.
The villagers were asked to stay away from the mob after the incident.
Ram has faced protests and death threats, but has remained defiant and continues to visit his community in the area.