In a repeat of the brutal murder of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan, the right-wing terrorists have allegedly killed another Muslim man in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, allege the victim’s family.
42-year-old Umar’s murdered body was found from a railway truck with his his vehicle left in a damaged condition nearby. The front two wheels of his pick-up vehicle too were found to be missing, say police.
Umar was reportedly transporting bovines before he went missing. Police found his dead body lying at a railway track.
“The pickup had three cows and three calves – one of the cows was dead. The front two tyres were missing and both rear tyres were punctured. Later, a dead body was also found about 15 kilometres away in Ramgarh area by the railway tracks. His relatives identified him as Umar, aged about 35 years, and hailing from Bharatpur.” Circle Officer, Alwar South, Anil Beniwal was quoted by Indian Express.
42-year-old Tahir Khan, has been admitted in a hospital in Jirka Ferozpur in Haryana. He has sustained gunshot wounds on his shoulder. Another man, 28-year-old Javed Khan is missing, reported NDTV.
Alwar SP Rahul Prakash said, “The motive cannot be ascertained at this point, the two incidents could be related or not; it is a part of investigation whether he was in the vehicle or not.” He said that Umar’s relatives had initially declined a post-mortem until the assaulters were caught.”
In a stunning development, the state police have filed a case not against the suspect killers of Umar but against the alleged ‘cow smugglers’ under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act. They have sent the vehicle to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL).
Meanwhile, Alwar’s Meo Panchayat chief Sher Muhammad blamed the so-called ‘gau rakshaks’ for Umar’s murder. He said, “Umar was killed by Gau Rakshaks … we demand an inquiry, the Meos (a community living in and around Mewat) are farmers and cattle rearers. We are being harassed.”
Earlier this year, 55-year-old Pehlu Khan was brutally beaten, after being intercepted by the Hindutva terrorists posing themselves as cow vigilantes in Alwar, while he and his two sons, Irshad and Arif, were travelling in a pick-up car, carrying cattle from Jaipur.