New Delhi, July 21: Hours after a 28-year-old Rakbar Khan was allegedly lynched to death in Rajasthan’s Alwar on the suspicion of smuggling cows, BJP MLA Gyandev Ahuja claimed that he was not lynched but was rather beaten up by the cops after he was handed over to them. Speaking to India Today, the BJP MLA also said that the cops had beaten him up to “show off the public”.

“Rakbar Khan wasn’t lynched. He was beaten up by the cops to show off. I spoke to the villagers and they told me that he was conscious when they handed him over to the police. The police then beat him up,” he said. Earlier in the day, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal poked a controversy after he said such incidents are a reaction to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s growing popularity.

“The more popular Modi ji becomes, the more such incidents will happen. In Bihar election, it was ‘Award Wapsi’. In UP election, it was mob lynching. In 2019 elections, it’ll be something else. Modi ji gave policies and the impact of these are being seen. Incidents (lynching) like these are reactions,” said Meghwal.

The Union minister said that while he condemns such mob lynching, this is not the first such incident, further adding that the 1984 Sikh-related violence was the biggest mob lynching of the nation’s history.

A 28-year-old man was on Friday lynched to death by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, police said on Saturday. Two persons have so far been arrested in the Alwar lynching. Khan, a resident of Mewat in Rajasthan, was transporting the animals to his village along with another man when they were stopped by a group of villagers near Lalawandi village in Alwar.

They were brutally thrashed, the office of Additional Director General Jaipur Range, Ramgarh, received this information at 12.40 a.m. When the police team reached the spot they found an injured Khan lying in the mud. Two persons were standing there with two cows, ADGP Hemant Priyadarshi told the media.

Condemning the incident, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje assured an investigation in the case. “The incident of alleged lynching of a person transporting bovines in Alwar district is condemnable. Strictest possible action shall be taken against the perpetrators,” Raje tweeted.