Rajasthan: As Ummar Khan, the Rajasthan villager who was brutally killed by cow vigilantes while transporting cattle, and his body was on the autopsy table on Wednesday, a few kilometres away, his wife Khurshidan gave birth to their ninth child at a primary health centre.
The 38-year-old Khursheeda gave birth to a boy on Wednesday afternoon at a community health centre (CHC) in Pahadi, about 10km from their village — Ghatmika in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur. Umar’s elder sister Zareena who took her sister-in-law to the hospital, said the delivery was difficult. “Somebody forces some water or tea down her throat once in a while and that’s all she’s taken in the past six days. Ajeeb murdayi chhayi hui hai us pe (a strange sadness engulfs her),” she said, sitting on a cot next to her frail and teary-eyed mother.
As the newborn baby slept in the shack, the imam began his sermon at Umar’s funeral.
“Umar is going from this world with empty hands. This is how all of us will go,” he SAID. The imam named the newborn Ibran Khan. He’s the first to be named by somebody other than his father.
“He was killed in a way that even the cruel would pity,” said Fazluddin, a relative from Nuh, another district in the Mewat region. Umar had gone to buy cows so that he could have milk for the newborn, he added.Ummar was buried on Thursday. Khurshidan had been berating herself for asking Ummar to get a cow “to provide doodh-ghee for children and sell the rest, like other families in the village”. “No one can even imagine her pain now,” relative said.
Khurshidan’s oldest child is an 18-year-old son.Khurshidan now has five daughters and four sons. “She is at home now and our parents, father Shahabuddin and mother Chandri, are taking care of her. But our parents are old and still shaken from the death,” said Ummar’s brother Shoukeen.
Hundreds of people gathered in Ghatmika, mostly from villages in the Muslim-dominated Mewat region, on Thursday. Umar’s relatives accuse cow protection vigilantes of murder and alleged that police were hand in glove with them.
“The police are lying. The supposed case against Umar is actually against another guy named Umaruddin. The name of the suspect’s father is also different,” says Shifat Ahmed, a retired bank manager, who was at the funeral meeting.
Two persons were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly killing 35-year-old Ummar Khan who was found dead near railways tracks in the Ramgarh area of Alwar district.
“Bhagwan Singh Gurjar alias Kala and Ramveer Gurjar, residents of Markapur area, were arrested for killing Ummar Khan. They were arrested late yesterday night,” SP Alwar Rahul Prakash said earlier.
However police also booked cow smuggling cases against deceased Ummar Khan and two of his companions Tahir Khan and Javed.
Tahir Khan had informed that on their way back home they were attacked by six to eight people. The assailants opened fire in which Ummar Khan was shot dead and Tahir Khan sustained injuries.
With PTI inputs