Alwar, Apr 6: In a major twist in the Alwar cow vigilantism case, it has been reported that Pehlu Khan, who was lynched to death on the suspicion of smuggling cows, was a dairy farmer. According to a report, the 55-year-old Khan had set out on the 240-km road trip from his home in Jaisinghpur village, in Nuh tehsil of Mewat, to Jaipur last Friday. He was planning to buy a milch buffalo, to increase milk production during Ramzan but, later changed his mind and decided to buy a milch cow instead.
A report in the Indian Express quotes Khan’s son, Irshad terming his father’s decision to be the worst one as it claimed his life. While recounting how gau rakshaks stopped their vehicle and attack them with sticks and belts, Aarif informed that Pehlu Khan was in a pickup truck with a Rajasthan numberplate whereas, he along with his brother, Irshad was in another pickup. He also informed the IE, that the police came about 20-30 minutes later and till then all were lying unconscious.
While producing the receipt of the purchase of the cows, Aarif told the Indian Express that the police have registered an FIR, which states that Khan and the others did not have a purchase document or receipt, against them for illegally transporting cattle for slaughter. The complaint on the same was done by a person identified as Damodar Singh.
Meanwhile, the police have arrested three in the matter. However, none of them include the ones named in the FIR. The six named in the attack are Hukum Chand, Jagmal, Om Prakash, Sudheer, Rahul Saini and Navin Saini.
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.
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.