Alwar/New Delhi: A Muslim man who was transporting cows near the Rajasthan-Haryana border was shot dead allegedly by vigilantes while his aide was left battling for his life in a private hospital after being thrashed, reported CNN-News 18. No FIR has been registered yet despite a demand for the immediate arrest of the accused.
The incident happened Fahari village near Govindh Gadh in Alwar district of Rajasthan. Sources said that the two men – Ummar Khan and Tahir Khan – were transporting the cows to Haryana when they were waylaid by the mob and assaulted.
While police have not disclosed many details about the incident, but sources confirmed that Umar Khan died of a bullet wound. His body was kept in a mortuary. Tahir was taken to a private hospital near the state border.
The incident has stirred up the Mewat community, with residents launching a protest. Relatives of the two men alleged that the crime was planned and policemen too were present when the crime took place.
Ummar’s death took place not very far from where Pehlu Khan died after being assaulted by cow vigilantes in April this year. The 55-year-old was also transporting cows when he too, was ambushed by the so-called gau rakshaks and thrashed. He succumbed to his wounds two days later, creating a national outrage about the killings by cow vigilantes.
PM Narendra Modi had warned that strict action will be taken against cow vigilantes, but that did not stop such groups from assaulting people they suspect randomly. Between Pehlu Khan’s death and Modi’s statement, there had been 26 cattle related violent incidents in the country.—AGENCIES