Ryot killed by cow vigilantes, says family

Rajasthan police file case after body is found on rail tracks

The family of a Muslim man, whose dismembered body was found on the railway tracks near Govindgarh in Alwar district of Rajasthan on Friday, has claimed that he was thrashed and shot dead by cow vigilantes when he was transporting four cows to his native village Ghatmika in Bharatpur.

The police on Sunday registered a case of murder on the basis of the family’s complaint.

The deceased, identified as Ummar Khan, 35, a dairy farmer in Ghatmika, and two of his acquaintances, Tahir Khan and Javed Khan, were transporting the cows in a pick-up truck after purchasing them in Alwar. They were allegedly waylaid at Fahari, where they were assaulted and shot at, leading to Ummar Khan’s death.

The vigilantes allegedly threw Ummar Khan’s body on the railway track to cover up the murder and to make it seem like an accident. Police retrieved the body, dismembered by a moving train, to Alwar on Saturday and kept it at the mortuary in the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital.

Mr. Tahir Khan, 42, who escaped from the spot, has reportedly been admitted to a private hospital at Ferozepur Jhirka in Haryana, while Mr. Javed Khan, 28, is missing. Alwar (South) Circle Officer Anil Beniwal told The Hindu that an FIR under Section 302 (murder) had been registered at the Govindgarh police station on Sunday.

Following a protest by Ummar Khan’s relatives and Meo Muslims, the body has been sent for a post mortem to Jaipur.

Ummar Khan and his companions belong to the Meo Muslim community, which has a significant presence in the Mewat region spread over Rajasthan, Haryana and parts of U.P.

It was in Alwar that 55-year-old dairy owner Pehlu Khan from Haryana was lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes in April.

District Congress minority cell president Jamshed Khan, who led the protest outside the hospital in Alwar, alleged that the policemen did not stop the attackers. “There is a suspicion that the policemen might have joined cow vigilantes in the assault,” said Mr. Khan, who is also Sarpanch of Tulera village.

On Friday, the police at Govindgarh registered a case under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995, when they found some cows, including one dead, in the abandoned pick-up truck near the village.


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