Jaipur: A group of gau rakshaks (cow protection vigilantes) brutally assaulted five Muslim men in Rajasthan’s Alwar for transporting cows. Two days after the attack, one of the victims, Pehlu Khan, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. While the Muslim men were beaten up by gau rakshaks, their associate Arjun was allowed to leave. Pehlu Khan and his associates claimed they were beaten up despite the fact that they were simply transporting their own cattle and had the necessary papers. The video of the brutal attack is being circulated widely on social media. No arrest has been made so far.
According to police, gau rakshaks affiliated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal allegedly attacked five men who were transporting cows to Nuh district in Haryana. The victims also alleged that they were not given proper medical treatment at the Kailash Hospital in Behror in Alwar. Thus, Phelu Khan died in the hospital, they said. Shyam Sunder Sharma, director of Kailash Hospital, denied the charges.
“Gau rakshaks affiliated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal stopped four vehicles, near Jaguwas crossing on National Highway 8, on Saturday evening, alleging that they were illegally transporting bovines. These vehicles were coming from Jaipur, and were headed towards Nuh district in Haryana,” Ramesh Chand Sinsinwar, SHO, Behror police station, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
22-year-old Azmat, who was also attacked by gau rakshaks, said cow protection vigilantes asked their names and allowed their Hindu driver Arjun to leave. “We were returning from a Saturday fair in Jaipur. I had bought two milch cows for Rs 75,000, and I had all the valid documents with me. We were not even trying to hide the cows, as we were taking them in a pick-up truck. At around 6 pm on Saturday, the gau rakshaks stopped our vehicle and asked us our names. They allowed our driver, Arjun, to leave,” Azmat was quoted as saying.
While an FIR has been registered against the gau rakshaks under IPC Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 147 (destruction of property), 308 (culpable homicide) and 379 (theft) and Section 302 (murder), the Muslim victims were also booked under the Rajasthan Bovine Animals (Prohibition of Slaughter & Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995.
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