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India 'cow vigilantes': Arrest after Muslim man lynched

13 November 2017, 07:30 | Opal Carroll

Umar Khan's family has alleged he was killed by gau rakshaks in Rajasthan's Alwar

Killed For Transporting Cows Alleges Family Of Man Found Dead In Alwar

Months after lynching of Pehlu Khan, a cattle trader in Alwar district of Rajasthan, the district faced another fresh set of violence after two Muslim men were gunned down by cow vigilantes on suspicion of smuggling cows.

Mohammed's family and social activists have alleged the involvement of cow vigilantes from right wing outfits.


A Muslim man was shot dead by alleged cow vigilantes, and his body was thrown onto railway tracks in Rajasthan's Alwar on November 10.

Ummar Khan along with two others, Tahir Muhammad and Tahir Khan, was transporting cows to Bharatpur in Rajasthan from Mewat in Haryana when they were waylaid by a mob and assaulted.

Tahir Khan suffered a bullet injury on his shoulder and is admitted to Ferozepur in Haryana.

"We are farmers and cattle rearers and can not be involved in cow slaughter".

"We don't have enough manpower to control every situation in all cities in time", the minister said.

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Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said in a statement that strict action would be taken against the culprits. However, the police did not find any proof to link case to cow vigilantism.

The Alwar police confirmed the incident while saying that they will investigate the matter for detailed information. "His relatives identified him as Umar, aged about 35 years, and hailing from Bharatpur".

Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stern warning, a group of cow vigilantes have again killed a member of the minority community in Rajasthan's Alwar district.

The day the dead body was found, police had also found an abandoned pick-up jeep with bovine, one which was dead. In the context of Umar's murder, the letter demanded immediate transfer of investigation to an independent agency, like an SIT or under the IG, adding, compensation, including cash of 25 lakhs, government job to his kin and land to the family, should be announced, and Tahir be given protection and a compensation of Rs 10 lakh.

Anil Beniwal, assistant SP, Alwar (south), told Hindustan Times the whole incident was being wrongly presented by combining two different incidents: "We have found one body in Ramgarh on Railway tracks while police has found five cows and one dead cow in a pickup near Govindgarh".

Earlier in April this year, Pehlu Khan, another dairy farmer from Alwar was lynched by gau rakshaks and Rajasthan police had not found any evidence even after having recorded the dying declaration of Pehlu Khan, which eventually lead to the bail of the six accused in the case.

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