The deceased, Pehlu Khan (55) and four others including his two sons were beaten brutally by villagers on Saturday who suspected they were smuggling cows. The five men were heading to Haryana after purchasing the cows from a fair in Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, when they were stopped by the mob on a highway.
At least six more people were wounded in the attack. This rationale has seen a rise in cow vigilante groups that have been responsible for attacks on mostly Muslim people, who still see the animal as an affordable source of nutrition. All of them were thrashed and their vans damaged.
April 6 (ANI): Three people have been arrested in connection with an attack on a group of five men by the cow vigilantes that led to the death of one man on Wednesday.
Late tonight the Alwar police arrested three persons in connection with the case. "We have the police, judiciary, but takign law into their own hands is unacceptable", Congress leader Sachin Pilot said. "We had registered a case against the attackers on the basis of a statement provided by Pehlu Khan before his death".
Khan, Azmat and there others were returning with two milching cows in an open pickup truck when they were assaulted on the road at around 6:PM on Saturday. The assailants were believed to be members of right-wing groups Hindu Jagaran Manch and Bajrang Dal.
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'We do not support such incidents.
Cow protection has been a trigger for sectarian violence throughout modern Indian history and its resurgence since 2015 has been linked to an increasingly assertive Hindu nationalist movement. "But where there is a valid distribution of meat, licensed, legally done at a prior point of time under law, blameless individuals must not be strung up from the neck at the nearest tree", Singhvi told ANI.
State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has shockingly come out to defend the lynch mob and blame the victims.
Gangs of "cow protectors" have been implicated in killing at least 10 people in the past two years as the welfare of the animal has become an increasingly charged issue in Indian politics. I told them I had all the documents but they pulled us out of the vehicle and beat us up.
Police are investigating and have seized vehicles but no arrests have been made.