Nationwide stir on May 3 for Alwar lynching


Jaipur, April 27: A nationwide stir has been called on May 3, demanding immediate arrest of the so-called gau rakshaks and justice for Pehlu Khan, the dairy farmer, who was killed in Alwar almost a month back.

Many social organisations took this decision following a three-day dharna outside the legislative Assembly in Jaipur, where in Pehlu Khan’s sons also participated. They demanded that violence and assault in the name of saving cows should be stopped in all forms and politics of hatred should be shunned. The activists said the fight for justice would continue and would culminate in the nation wide stir on Mya 3, that would mark one-month since the killing of Pehlu Khan.

Pehllu Khan’s sons who wanted to meet Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje with their pleas, however could not do so as she did not give them time. His eldest son Irshad Khan said they earn their livelihood by selling milk but now they have lost their father, money cows and all means of livelihood. “And false cases have also been lodged against my father, saying that he was illegally transporting cows, whereas we had all the valid documents.”

Although there have been contradictory statements from home minister Gulab Chand Kataria and the police, raje broke her silence after almost 23 days of the killing, saying, nobody would be spared for the Alwar lynching.

It is to be recalled that Pehlu Khan was accosted by so-called gau rakshaks on April 1 in Behrod, when he was transporting cows to his village Nuh, Mewat, Haryana and beaten up mercilessly, although he was carrying documents. Admitted to the hospital, he suffered internal injuries and passed away on April 3.

Almost four weeks after his death, the police have failed to arrest the six accused the six absconding accused, casting a doubt over their intentions.

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