A Week after SC order, Man lynched in Rajasthan by Cow Vigilantes

A group of cow vigilantes (Representational Image)

After almost a week of Supreme Court order calling for a special law to deal with lynching, a 28-year-old man has been beaten to death by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Saturday. Two persons have been arrested, police said.

Akbar Khan, a resident of Mewat in Rajasthan, was transporting the animals to his village along with another man Aslam Khan when they were stopped by a group of cow vigilantes near Lalawandi village in Alwar.

They were brutally thrashed. When the police team reached the spot they found an injured Khan lying in the mud. Two persons were standing there with two cows, Additional Director General of Police Hemant Priyadarshi told the media.

Akbar told the officers that he and his companion Aslam had purchased the cows from Ladpur and were on their way to their village when they were attacked.

“My limbs are broken,” said Khan covered in mud before collapsing. He was immediately rushed to a hospital, where he was declared brought dead.

His body was sent for autopsy. The police in Ramgarh registered a case against unidentified persons under several sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Police have arrested two persons who were found on the spot standing with bovines. Further probe is on.

Alwar was already infamous for such attacks. The latest killing comes more than a year after Pehlu Khan was murdered allegedly by some cow vigilantes in April 2017.

As ANI reported, Rajasthan CM has condemned this killing and assured strictest action against those responsible. “We will be taking and we are taking strictest action against those who violate law and order: Vasundhara Raje, Rajasthan Chief Minister on Alwar lynching incident,” she said.

The central and state governments came under a sharp criticism from the Supreme Court earlier this week over frequent lynching incidents.

The Supreme Court also asked Parliament to come up with a law to tackle cow vigilantism and lynching, calling such incidents “horrendous acts of mobocracy” that should be nipped in the bud.

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