Muslim man beaten to death on suspicion of cow smuggling in India

2018-07-21T13:11:33+05:00 Web Monitoring Desk

ALWAR, RAJASTHAN: A man was beaten to death at Alwar in Rajasthan on Friday night by villagers who accused him of cow smuggling. The police have identified the man as 28-year-old Akbar Khan. Villagers in Ramgarh saw two men with cows and attacked them, according to the police, reported NDTV.

"Akbar Khan, a resident of Kolgaon in Haryana, and another man were taking two cows to their village through a forest area near Lalawandi village in Alwar last night when a group of people severely thrashed Khan.

He was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to injuries, said Subhash Sharma, the officer at Ramgarh police station. 

"It is not clear if they were cow smugglers. The body has been sent for postmortem, We are trying to identify the culprits and arrests will be made soon," Anil Beniwal, a senior police officer in Alwar told.

Akbar Khan's killing comes four days after the Supreme Court had asked the legislature to consider enacting a new penal provision to deal with mob violence and provide deterrent punishment to offenders.

The incident comes just over a year after a farmer, Pehlu Khan, was lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes near Behror in Alwar district.

Now his eldest son Irshad is fighting a two-front war as the only breadwinner in the family and seeking justice for his father.

With the family-owned dairy farming business shutting down after Khan's death, his son now feeds his family of 11 by working as a labourer in his village in Nuh district of Haryana.

Pehlu Khan, 55, was beaten to death by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar while he was transporting cattle on April 1 last year.

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