Jaipur: A Muslim man from Haryana has died three days after being allegedly beaten up by gau rakshaks in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.
Pehlu Khan (55) was allegedly targeted by the vigilante group after they suspected him of smuggling cows through Rajasthan. Khan succumbed to his injuries on Monday night. No arrests were made in the case till Wednesday morning.
Reports quoted police as saying Khan and at least four others were attacked despite producing documents to show that they had purchased the cows. The incident happened after gau rakshaks affiliated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal stopped their vehicle on National Highway 8 on April 1, alleging that they were illegally transporting cows.
“We have registered a case of murder against six persons and 200 unknown people,” Ramesh Sinsinwar, the station house officer of Bahror, told the Hindustan Times.
These vehicles were coming from Jaipur, and were headed towards Nuh district in Haryana, police added.
Shahbuddin, the victim's uncle, told CNN-News18, "My nephew didn't commit any crime. He had gone to get medicine and had just hitched ride with them. He even had his identity papers with him. The mob destroyed the papers and beat him.""
Reacting to the incident, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said, "Everyone knows cow smuggling is illegal in Rajasthan. But some still do it. Similarly, there are gau bhakts who will try to stop them."
"Trying to stop cow smuggling is not a crime but taking the law in your hands is not right," he added.
In another incident recently a hotel in Jaipur was sealed within hours by the JMC (Jaipur Municipal Corporation) and its manager and staffer were detained after a cow vigilante Sadhvi Kamal led protests outside the hotel on suspicion of beef being cooked and meat leftovers being dumped outside.