New Delhi: The Alwar lynching incident rocked the Rajya Sabha on Thursday morning after the government said no such event, as reported by media, took place in Rajasthan.
Responding to Congress MP Madhusudan Mistry’s statement that cow vigilantes had attacked vehicles transporting cattle and killed a man, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, “No such incident, as being reported, has taken place on the ground. The concerned state government has already condemned the media reports.”
“This issue is a very sensitive issue. There should be no indication or message that we are backing those who are violent. It’s an emotional issue for crores of people,” Naqvi added.
Deputy Chairman of the Upper House PJ Kurien intervened in the matter and said he was not convinced by either side’s argument. “I cannot go by media reports,” said Kurien before seeking a report from the Union Home Ministry.
As soon as the House proceedings began, Opposition leaders shouted slogans and sought debate on the issue. While Kurien initially said such a debate would be allowed only during Zero Hour, the MPs persisted.
Earlier, three accused were arrested by police in Alwar, Rajasthan for allegedly beating Pehlu Khan to death. Speaking to News18, a source in Alwar police said all three have confessed to the crime and said they were angered on seeing the cows being mistreated.
The accused — Vipin Yadav (19), Ravendra (32) and Kaluram (44) — are residents of Behror where the incident happened. News18 has learnt that in the preliminary interrogation, they denied being associated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) or the Bajrang Dal.
Police sources said five people were identified from the video that was circulated on social media. Of them, three were seen beating Pehlu Khan and others, while the other two were seen standing nearby. They were picked up at around 9:45pm on Wednesday from their homes in Behror.Speaking to News18, Alwar's Superintendent of Police, Rahul Prakash, said the police have registered three FIRs — one against suspects who attacked Pehlu Khan, and one each against Khan and his family members.