“When the policemen reached the village, the two accused were standing with the cows and an injured Akbar was on the ground, covered in mud. The mud was removed from his face and he stated that he and Aslam had purchased the cows in Ladpur village and were going to their native village Kolgaon when they were stopped and attacked. He then lost consciousness,” Mr. Priyadarshi said.
Khan was taken to a government hospital in Ramgarh, where the doctors declared him brought dead. The body has been shifted to a mortuary in Alwar.
Mr. Priyadarshi said Akbar apparently died due to internal injuries. Aslam’s statement was yet to be recorded. “We are investigating whether Akbar and Aslam had any past record of cow smuggling.” he said.
The two cows have been sent to a nearby gaushala and a case has been registered under Sections 302 (murder), 143 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 34 (criminal act with common intention) of Indian Penal Code at Ramgarh police station.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who was busy with the BJP’s organisational events in Jaipur attended by party president Amit Shah, has condemned the incident. She said strict action would be taken against the accused. “I have asked Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria to get the matter investigated at the earliest,” she said.
The incident comes just over a year after a dairy farmer, Pehlu Khan, was lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes near Behror in Alwar district. Pehlu Khan and four others were transporting cows in vehicles to Haryana’s Nuh district, when they were stopped on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway and assaulted on April 1, 2017. In another incident, cow vigilantes had killed Umar Khan near Govindgarh in Alwar district in November 2017.
Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot criticised the BJP government for its failure to stop incidents of mob lynching. Mr. Gehlot said the human life had “no value” for the BJP and criminals disguised as vigilantes were roaming freely without fear of law.
“The Prime Minister remains silent on such cases and the Chief Minister orders customary inquiries, in which [the] actual accused are rarely arrested or punished,” Mr. Gehlot said.
Mr. Pilot said a “mobocracy” was ruling in the country and Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s words in Parliament about the State governments’ responsibility seemed “even more hollow now”.
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