Alwar, July 26: Independent MLA from Haryana’s Punahana Rahish Khan on Thursday gave a cheque of Rs 3 lakh to the family of Rakbar Khan, the victim in Alwar lynching. In addition, the Haryana government has given a cheque of Rs 5 lakh to the family, said ANI. Rakbar, the man who was allegedly beaten to death by a mob on suspicion of cow smuggling, died of “shock” and injuries from a blunt weapon, his post-mortem report had revealed. (Also read: Mob Lynching Result of BJP’s ‘Hate Campaign’, Says Mamata)
In Rakbar’s lynching, the Rajasthan Police later admitted “error of judgement” in handling the case and suspended one and transferred three policemen. It, however, refuted allegations of custodial death of the 28-year-old victim. “Since the policemen thought the victim was not serious, they decided to take him to the police station first so that the cows could be first shifted to a shelter. They offered him water and tea, so it appeared an error of judgment,” Additional Director General (law and order) NRK Reddy, a member of the inquiry panel, had told PTI. (Also read: Rakbar’s Friend Recalls Mob Said They Were MLA’s Men)
Rakbar’s lynching, coming as it did after a series of such crimes, evoked strong reactions from across the country. BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha even asked the Prime Minister why he was maintaining silence on the issue. This Monday, the ministry of home affairs (MHA) sought a report from the state government, asking it to provide details of the incident as early as possible. The Opposition, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, has been cornering the Narendra Modi-led government over Rakbar’s killing.