Father of Alwar lynching victim demands stringent punishment for accused

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Rakbar Khan, 29, was lynched to death allegedly by a mob of cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, in early hours of Saturday. The police has launched an investigation and made two arrests in the case so far. A case has been registered under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the IPC against unidentified men.

Father of the deceased while speaking to IndiaToday.in has demanded stringent punishment for the accused.

Rakbar and another person identified as Aslam, were travelling from Kolgaon in Haryana to Ramgarh when they were besieged by a group of people. The mob lynched Rakbar who sustained severe injuries and died on the way to the hospital in Ramgarh. Aslam, meanwhile, managed to escape from the location.

The incident took place in Lalawandi village of Ramgarh district | Sanjeev Gumber
Rakbar’s body was later taken to the general hospital in Alwar city where the post mortem was conducted. As per initial reports, Rakbar died due to excessive internal bleeding.

“We were returning after purchasing two cows at a price of Rs 30,000 each from Khanpur when a mob of around seven people attacked us. They had pistol and fired on us. I managed to escape, but I do not know what happened later,” said Aslam while speaking to IndiaToday.in

Meanwhile, Rakbar’s father contradicted the police’s and Aslam’s version claiming that the two men were not ferrying cows. “They were going on a motorcycle to buy goats that were to be taken to Mumbai for sale on the occasion of Bakr-Id. They did not have cows with them. I want strictest punishment to be meted out to the accused in the case,” Suleiman, Rakbar’s father, told IndiaToday.in

Asmeena, wife of Rakbar, on the other hand, said, “We have seven small children. Who will look after their upbringing now?”

Rakbar’s wife Asmeena said that the future of their 7 children is now uncertain | Sanjeev Gumber
POLICE DENIES APATHY
Alwar police denied that it had been lackadaisical in its approach while dealing with ‘cow protection’ groups, despite repeated incidents of vigilantes taking law in their hands and attacking men particularly from minority community on suspicion of cow smuggling.

“We have not been lax. We have made two arrests in today’s incident. Further arrests are likely to be made by tomorrow. The entire atmosphere of confrontation between the cow smugglers and so – called cow vigilante groups needs to be looked at,” Anil Kumar Beniwal, Assistant SP, Alwar told IndiaToday.in

Vasundhara Raje, the Rajasthan Chief Minister, in a tweet soon after, condemned the incident and promised strictest possible action against the perpetrators.

“The incident of alleged lynching of a person transporting bovines in Alwar district is condemnable. Strictest possible action shall be taken against the perpetrators,” her tweet mentioned.

Vasundhara Raje

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The incident of alleged lynching of a person transporting bovines in Alwar district is condemnable. Strictest possible action shall be taken against the perpetrators.

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Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria also mentioned that the accused in the case will not be spared.

NOT LONG AGO

The Rakbar Khan incident is reminiscent of a similar incident which took place over a year ago in the same district. In April 2017, Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, was lynched allegedly by a group of cow vigilantes while transporting cattle to Haryana.

Video of him being attacked on April 1 was circulated widely on social media. Pehlu died soon after the lynching incident at a hospital in Alwar.

There have been several such lynching incidents in Rajasthan particularly in Alwar district, which has become a hotbed of cow vigilantism.

Union Minister and Member of Parliament from Rajasthan Arjun Ram Meghwal, meanwhile, claimed the incident was linked to Modi’s popularity whereas Alwar MLA Gyandev Ahuja alleged that the police had made wrongful arrests in the case.

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