India 'cow vigilantes': Arrest after Muslim man lynched

  • India 'cow vigilantes': Arrest after Muslim man lynched

India 'cow vigilantes': Arrest after Muslim man lynched

The Rajasthan Police on Monday said "anti-social elements" were behind the murder of the 35-year-old Muslim man in Alwar district, the Hindustan Times reported. His body was found on the railway tracks on Friday evening.

Condemning the "gruesome" killing of Ummar Khan, a farmer, in Rajasthan by "so-called gau rakshaks", the politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) expressed shock and alleged that the "Rajasthan Police registered a case against the victims but allowed the vigilantes go scot free".

Civil rights groups demanded the arrest of the policemen and dropping of the case of cow smuggling registered against Umar Khan and his fellow travellers, in addition to the formulation of a plan by the State government for protection of Meo Muslims in Alwar and Bharatpur districts. He is survived by his wife and eight children.

The two others suffered minor injuries and ran away from the scene. Muhammad is being treated at a hospital in Haryana.

"We staged a protest outside the mortuary at a hospital in Alwar where the body was kept and have demanded early arrest of the accused", he said. The family members recognised Ummar with the help of his slippers.

It also demanded that the central government ban all groups indulging in cow vigilantism and moral policing. They were allegedly waylaid at Fahari, where they were assaulted and shot at, leading to Umar Khan's death. "To remove evidence, they have disfigured the body", he alleged.

The police are on the lookout for the remaining five accused.

They said they were investigating Mr Khan's murder alongside a complaint of "cow smuggling" lodged against the three men. Superintendent of Police Rahul Prakash and SHO Govindgarh did not respond to repeated phone calls from Asian Age, while in-charge of the police control room said he has not received any information from the Govindgarh police station about this incident.

The Alwar incident happened months after Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer from Haryana, was lynched by suspected cow vigilantes in the same district when he was transporting cattle. In September, the Rajasthan police had given a clean chit to the six attackers named in Pehlu Khan's dying statement, trigerring nationwide outrage. Following this, Khan's family had sought a court-monitored probe into the killing and said the case must be shifted out of the state.