Jaipur, Nov 12 : It may be a case of another Pehlu Khan.
A Muslim man, around 35, who was transporting cows from Alwar to Bharatpur in Rajasthan was shot dead allegedly by vigilantes while his aide is critical in a private hospital after being thrashed.
Sources said that the two men – Ummar Khan and Tahir Khan – were transporting cows to Haryana when they were stopped by a mob and beaten up.
While Ummar Khan died of a bullet wound, Tahir, who was with him at that time, is undergoing treatment at a private hospital in neighbouring Haryana after suspected cow vigilantes trashed him.
Relatives of the two men allege that the crime was planned and policemen too were present when they were being beaten up. The police, however, said there were three persons in the pickup truck, which was being driven by one Javed Khan who managed to escape.
The police said they had recovered an abandoned pick-up truck earlier on November 10. It was carrying six cows, one of which had died. The ones left had their feet and mouth tied. The tyres of the truck had been removed, according to Alwar police.
This incident comes seven months after Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer, was brutally beaten to death by cow vigilantes on April 5.
In September, the Rajasthan police gave a clean chit to the six people named in the Pehlu Khan lynching incident.