Suspicion of cow smuggling, Muslim man brought dead by mob


Alwar, Rajasthan: With mob lynching becoming a societal problem in India, a recent lynching of a 28-year-old Muslim man was allegedly beaten to death by a group of people on the suspicion that he was smuggling cows in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Friday night.

The victim, Rakbar Khan, was a resident of the Ferozepur Jhirka region in neighbouring Haryana. Rakbar and another man were walking on foot with two cows through a forest area in Ramgarh’s Lalawandi village, when the villagers surrounded them and started thrashing them with the allegation that the two persons were smuggling cows to their native village. The other man accompanying escaped from the spot.

Police reached the spot on getting the information about violence and took bleeding Rakbar to a government hospital in Ramgarh. The doctors declared him brought dead. The body was shifted to a mortuary in Alwar on Saturday morning.

Police have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code against unidentified persons. Attempts were being made to identify the culprits and arrest them, while the police said it was not clear if the two persons were cow smugglers.

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 attacked on April 1, 2017.

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