Murder by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan: Police arrest 3 men for attacking Muslim man in Alwar

Sohit Mishra
Pehlu Khan was waylaid and beaten mercilessly by the cow vigilantes on April 1, 2017, when he was transporting cows to his small dairy farm in Rajasthan's Alwar.

Alwar, Apr 6: The Rajasthan Police on Wednesday evening arrested three people in connection to the case of allegedly beating a 55-year-old man to death on the suspicion of smuggling cows. The entire incident came to light after the deceased Pehlu Khan along with four others were brutally thrashed by a local group at Behror after they were suspected of smuggling cows. Khan succumbed to injuries while he was being treated in the hospital.

The visuals of the thrashing became viral on social media after which the police started investigating the case and registered a FIR against six people. However, the three arrested on Wednesday are not the ones named in the FIR and the arrests have been made on the basis of video footage.

 

Speaking to news channel Times Now, Alwar SP Rahul Prakash said that, “The three were identified through the video footage that showed a man being assaulted by alleged cow vigilantes.” Meanwhile, four police teams are searching for the six people named in the FIR.

It is been reported that the names of the three people arrested on Wednesday are Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Yadav and Kalu Ram Yadav. While Phelu Khan succumbed to injuries while he was being treated in the hospital, the other four victims were discharged and returned to their hometown in Haryana.

The Rajasthan Police has registered a murder case over Khan’s death and has also formed three teams to arrest the cow vigilantes involved in the case. The police have also announced a reward of Rs 5.000 for anyone providing information about the six men accused of murder.

Controversial statement by the Rajasthan Home Minister

Amid entire controversy. senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Rajasthan Home Minister Ghulab Chand Kataria was seen defending the cow vigilantes and in his statement over the issue, the Rajasthan Home Minister said that it was “Alright” if some people caught those who were illegally transporting animals. However, the Home Minister further added that “no one has the right to take the law into their own hands.”