Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

M condemns Alwar lynching, wants action against cow vigilantes

M condemns Alwar lynching, wants action against cow vigilantes

Months after the lynching of Pehlu Khan, Alwar in Rajasthan has become a scene for another alleged killing in the name of cow protection. His family also mentioned while speaking to a leading daily that in their community (Meo community), every house has two cows.

According to Ummar's family, they have alleged that he was shot dead by cow vigilantes near Govindgarh. His body was found on railway tracks on Friday.

"PUCL condemns the ghastly murder of Umar Mohammed by the Ramgarh thana (Alwar) police and Gau Rakshaks at Ghatmatika Pahadi near Bharatpur", said a joint letter signed by the PUCL president Kavita Srivastava and four others. But he refused to use the so-called term cow vigilantes, who have over the past year become synonymous with a string of attacks on cattle traders across India. The Rajasthan police later gave a clean chit to the six assailants he had named in his dying declaration.

"The body has been referred to a hospital in Jaipur for post-mortem examination. They later asked somebody else to dump Umar's body on the railway track", said Prakash.

It was in the same region that a mob had attacked and killed Pehlu Khan, a farmer who was transporting cattle in a vehicle leading to uproar inside and outside the country. Critics accuse the vigilantes of using cows as a pretext to target Muslims and Dalits. His crime: he was suspected of transporting cows for slaughter near the Rajasthan-Haryana border. There have been instances of transporters firing at them, or even police, and fleeing.

The CPI (M) today demanded that the Centre and the Rajasthan government "abide by the Supreme Court direction" and book the culprits involved in a recent incident of cow vigilantism in Alwar district of the state. It wasn't clear how he was wounded. The deceased was identified as Umar Khan, 35, by his relatives on Sunday.

"A auto with five or six people accosted us on the way by pelting stones at us".

However, police have yet to register the first information report (FIR) of the incident.

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