India 'cow vigilantes': Arrest after Muslim man lynched

Alwar Muslim Man Transporting Cows Shot Dead Allegedly By'Gau Rakshaks

He is now undergoing treatment at a hospital in Haryana.

Various civil society bodies held a protest here at Gandhi Circle in which relatives of Umar also participated and demanded the arrest of the culprits and monetary compensation and government jobs for his kin. Khan's family has filed a police complaint alleging that he was killed by cow vigilantes.

"They always target members of the Muslim community to make them weak and vulnerable", Sarif Khan (45), member of the district council, told The Wire. There were two other people along with Ummar who were also attacked. He had three cows of his own. The face was so badly-damaged that we had to identify him from his clothes and slippers. "He was brutally killed", said the victim's uncle. The incident took place in Alwar district on November 10. The officials have denied saying anything on the matter, but have nodded to the fact the Ummar died because of the bullet injuries.

Political parties too have condemned the attack, which is the latest among a series of murders and mob lynchings of Muslims and Dalits over allegations of smuggling cows or eating beef that began soon after the Narendra Modi-led BJP government came to power at the Centre. "There is a suspicion that the policemen might have joined cow vigilantes in the assault", Khan told the Hindu.

The Rajasthan police purposely tried to "weaken" the investigation into the murder of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan allegedly by cow vigilantes in April this year by delaying filing of FIR and invoking lenient IPC sections, an independent fact-finding team has observed.

Following the killing of 42-year-old Ummar Khan by alleged cow vigilantes in Alwar, state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Monday said that the state does not have enough manpower to "control" every crime before they take place.

Opposition Congress has blamed the state government for its "lawlessness", while the activists have demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and adequate compensation for the affected family members.

Although police remained tight-lipped about the incident, sources close to the deceased's family told IANS that the incident occurred most likely on November 10 morning when the three persons were transporting some cows from Alwar to a village in Bharatpur.

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