The Supreme Court today sought the response of the Centre and six states, including Rajasthan, following a petition seeking a ban on cow vigilante groups. The apex court notice came days after a 55-year-old Muslim man was lynched in Rajasthan's Alwar town by a group of Gau Rakshaks.
Besides the central government, the notice has been issued to Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Jharkhand. The court has sought a detailed reply on the Alwar lynching within three weeks. The next hearing has been scheduled for May 3.
The Muslim man, Pehlu Khan, was beaten up by alleged cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district. He succumbed to his wounds on Monday night.
A group of nearly 15 people were attacked while transporting cows. The men, who were from Haryana, came under attack by alleged gau rakshaks while transporting the animals on the Behror highway in Alwar, police said.
According to reports, Pehlu Khan was a dairy farmer and not a cow smuggler. He had a valid Jaipur Municipal Corporation receipts to transport cattle.
Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, responding to the attack, said that no such incident, as was reported by the media, took place.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Vasundhara Raje-led Rajasthan government has denied the news report being cited.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to condemn the Alwar incident and said, "When government abdicates responsibility and allows lynch mobs to rule, tragedies of immense proportion follow. Shocking breakdown of law and order in Alwar".