Alwar (Rajasthan), July 26: The Haryana Government granted Rs 8 lakh as solatium to the kin of Rakbar Khan who was lynched in Alwar. While the Sub Divisional Magistrate of Punhana in Haryana granted a cheque worth Rs 5 lakh, state minister Rahish Khanan handed over a cheque of Rs 3 lakh.

Along with a friend, 28-year-old Rakbar Khan took some cows to Kolgaon, his native village in Rajasthan. On their way to the village, while passing through a forest near Lalawandi area in Rajasthan’s Alwar district, some locals allegedly thrashed him brutally, suspecting him to be a cow smuggler.

The post-mortem on Rakbar Khan was conducted at 12.44 pm on July 22 and the report confirmed that the injury was 12 hours old. This indicates that the lynching took place around midnight on Saturday. According to the postmortem report, there were 12 injury marks on Rakbar’s body. One of his ribs was broken while bone fractures were discovered in one of his legs and in his hands. Eventually the victim died of excessive internal bleeding, said the report.

In the recent years, mob lynching cases are on the rise in India. A similar incident occurred in Alwar district last year when 50-year-old Pehlu Khan was lynched by cow vigilantes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier asked the state governments to take immediate measures to curb the mob lynching and punish the culprits. However, an analysis done by research group IndiaSpend last year stated that between 2010 and 2017, 97 per cent of cow-related violence took place after Modi’s government came to power in 2014.

In 2015, rumours spread that Mohammad Akhlaq, father of an air force official had beef in his fridge. Following the rumours, mob lynchers beat him to death in Uttar Pradesh.

A data by Ministry of Home Affairs states that at least 45 persons were killed by the mob in 40 cases across nine states between 2014 and March 3 during this year.

(With ANI inputs)