Rajasthan : One Died After Gau Rakhshaks attacked 15 Men Over Suspicious Cow Smuggling

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A photograph taken on November 5, 2015, shows volunteers of a cow protection vigilante group on a highway in Taranagar in Rajasthan. (AFP file photo)

Almost 15 Muslim men were assaulted by Cow vigilantes over suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan, one died due to critical injuries today at a hospital in Alwar, said Police.

A photograph taken on November 5, 2015, shows volunteers of a cow protection vigilante group on a highway in Taranagar in Rajasthan. (AFP file photo)

Rajasthan : Pehlu Khan, 35, was among the 15 men who were attacked by cow vigilantes on suspicion of cow smuggling, all of them belong from Haryana’s Nuh district.While some injured men are in hospital, others are in judicial custody.

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The incident came after several steps taken by BJP-ruled states to protect cows, considered sacred by many Hindus. BJP and other right-wing Hindu leaders have also been quoted making provocative statements over the issue.

Pehlu Khan (35) died at a hospital Yesterday Night (Monday), two days after 15-odd people were assaulted by vigilantes on the Alwar highway, said Alwar Police. Other attacked are undergoing treatment and few of them are in Police custody, said Virendra Singh, a constable at the Bahror police station.

Collector at Alwar Police station, Mr Muktanand Agrawal said Khan was among the people transporting cows in six vehicles. The transporters are said to be Muslims from Haryana’s Nuh district.

The police denied knowledge whether the transporters had permit for transporting the cows. Sub-divisional officer assured fair investigation to Family-members of the deceased.

Police said “They have registered a case of murder against six persons and 200 unknown people,” But No one has been arrested so far.

Sources said the cow protection vigilantes intercepted several trucks and pick-up vans carrying cows on the highway in the Jaguvas Bahror area of Alwar on Saturday evening.

With PTI inputs

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