Mistaken as a cattle smuggler, Gau rakshaks kills a dairy farmer

DN Bureau

The so-called cow vigilantes did not just carry out murder and assault in the name of protecting cattle, they also allegedly stole the wallets and cellphones of their victims

Victim Pehlu Khan's wife and sons
Victim Pehlu Khan's wife and sons

Alwar: Pehlu Khan, a 55-year-old dairy farmer from Rajasthan was murdered in the hands of so called 'gau rakshaks' on his way back to his village in Jaisinghpur, in Nuh tehsil of Mewat on Saturday. Khan was returning from the cattle fair buying a milch cow.

Pehlu Khan was in a pickup truck which had two cows and two calves. Stopped at NH8 near Alwar by the gau rakshaks, he was dragged out and assaulted with sticks and belts. The police came about 20-30 minutes later nad by then Khan was almost unconscious. Khan succumbed to injuries on Monday.

Instead of cracking down on such extra-judicial groups, the Rajasthan police has registered an FIR against the victim's family for illegally transporting cattle for slaughter, the paper reported, based on a complaint filed by someone named Damodar Singh.

Later it was confirmed to the paper by the biggest dairy farmer in Jaisinghpur, Zakir Khan that Pehlu Khan was a dairy farmer and not a cattle smuggler and his family have been supplying milk to him for the last four years.

Alwar SP Rahul Prakash told that a total of six cases have been filed against the four men who were with Pehlu Khan.

The Gau Rakshaks are roaming free, while Khan’s family faces police cases.

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