Alwar cow vigilantes appear in court

Jaipur, April 6 : Three people arrested in the murder case of Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, in Alwar district were presented in the court today.

The accused are said to have told the police that they were angry because of Pehlu Khan and his teams’ careless and sloppy treatment of the cows that they were transporting.

These self-styled cow vigilantes had beaten up Pehlu Khan and a dozen others on Saturday, who were transporting cows to his home in Jaisinghpur village in Nuh tehsil of Mewat, Haryana. Pehlu Khan, 55, was planning to increase his milk production during Ramzan. He had planned to buy a milch buffalo but bought a milch cow instead as its seller extracted 12 litres of milk in front of him.

The attack took place on Behrod highway in Alwar district and the brutal attack by a crowd of around 100 men left the men injured. Pehlu Khan even had the legitimate Jaipur Municipal Corporation papers which showed that they were transporting the cows for their use. But the so-called gau-rakshaks, instead of listening to the pleadings of these men, beat them up mercilessly.

A murder case has been registered over Khan’s death and Rajasthan police formed three teams to arrest the accused cow vigilantes. A reward of Rs 5,000 has also been announced for anyone who helps nab the six men accused of murder.

Meanwhile, in Jaipur today the Muslim community met to decide on a bandh against the unwarranted attack on Pehlu Khan and his team of around 15 people. The meeting held at a dharamshala on Moti Doongri road, expressed anguish over the incident. There are talks of a bandh being called in Alwar as well. The police is said to be high alert in the state following the incident.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, who is in Dholpur , to campaign for bypoll on April 9, met a delegation of Muslim community, who pledged their support to the BJP.

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