Cow vigilantes suspected in Indian Muslim's killing

After Pehlu Khan another dairy farmer killed by cow vigilantes in Alwar Rajasthan

"While firing gun shots at Ummar Khan the assailants called themselves gau rakshaks" said the deceased uncle

Earlier in April, Pehlu Khan was allegedly beaten to death on suspicion of cow smuggling by cow vigilantes in Alwar district.

Sher Muhammad, chairman of the Meo Panchayat of Alwar alleged that Ummar was killed by cow vigilantes, who threw his body before a moving train after shooting him.

Although police remained tight-lipped about the incident, sources close to the deceased's family told IANS that the incident occurred most likely on November 10 morning when the three persons were transporting some cows from Alwar to a village in Bharatpur. But he refused to use the so-called term cow vigilantes, who have over the past year become synonymous with a string of attacks on cattle traders across India. Some men allegedly dragged out and assaulted Khan and his friends, cattle transporters, at Alwar. The Rajasthan police later gave a clean chit to the six assailants he had named in his dying declaration. "The body has been sent for postmortem and a suspect was also arrested yesterday", he said. "We will carry out a thorough investigation", Alwar district police officer Mool Singh Rana said after the incident late on Saturday. "They later asked somebody else to dump Umar's body on the railway track", said Prakash.

The incident gained national attention and triggered several protests against the rampant cow vigilantism in the country.

The CPM on Monday renewed its call for banning cow vigilante groups after the killing of a farmer in Rajasthan who was transporting cows. There have been instances of transporters firing at them, or even police, and fleeing.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that five cows, including a dead one, were fond in the vehicle. They were rushed to a Haryana hospital for treatment. It wasn't clear how he was wounded. The two others got minor injuries and ran away from the scene. After hearing of the attack, villagers set out to look for Umar's body that was found on Friday evening.

However, police have yet to register the first information report (FIR) of the incident.

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