Jaipur, April 8 : One more person has been arrested in connection with the alleged murder of Pehlu Khan by cow vigilantes in Alwar last Saturday.
The fourth arrested, called Dayanand, can be seen in the video that shows a number of youths beating up Pehlu Khan , dairy farmer from Jaisinghpura in Nuh, Mewat district of Haryana. Pehlu Khan and his team of 15 men, who were transporting cows from Jaipur and had valid documents, were stopped by cow vigilantes and beaten up as they thought these men were involved in cow trafficking.
Khan and others were injured when the mob attacked two of the vans transporting cows in Behrod, considered the mid-point between Delhi and Jaipur, police said. There were six vans.
Dayanand has been arrested from near Haryana border. The police is on the lookout for other 10 other accused and have been conducting raids in Delhi and Haryana.
The police have announced a reward of Rs 5000 on information about these men.
Three people have already been arrested one Vipin Yadav, 19, Ravendra, 32 and Kaluram, 44 , who are residents of Behrod. A case under Section 302 of IPC has been charged against them.
The case has caused considerable outrage with Opposition targeting the Modi government and Rajasthan in the Parliament, over the terror unleashed by cow vigilantes in the name of protecting the cows.
Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi was slammed when he said such an incident never took place, although he later retracted his statement.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria had said both parties were at fault.
“In our state, cow smuggling is an offence,” the minister had said. “Police asked the people transporting cows to show legal papers, but they did not show it to them,” he added.
NHRC notice to Centre, Raj govt
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notices to the Centre and the Rajasthan Government over the death of Pehlu Khan by cow vigilantes.
Terming the incident as painful and a “serious violation” of human rights, the commission asserted that “self-proclaimed” volunteers, creating an “atmosphere of fear” in the society, are required to be dealt with strictly as per law.
“The State has a responsibility to remain vigilant to prevent such activities,” it said, adding that the incident was not the first-of-its-kind and recounted last year’s case in Gujarat’s Gir Somnath district where four Dalit boys, possessing beef, were severely thrashed.
The notice issued to the Rajasthan Chief Secretary has called for a detailed report in the matter along with action taken against the culprits, describing them as “so-called gau rakshaks”. A notice has also been issued to the Union Home Secretary, calling for a response as to what steps have been taken or proposed to be taken by the Centre to deal with such incidents in the country.
They have been asked to respond within four weeks.