Alwar (Rajasthan), July 24: Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria on Tuesday said that the evidence shows that Rakbar Khan, who was lynched by an agitated mob on the suspicion of being a cow smuggler, died in custody. He said that further investigation is underway. According to the evidence we have collected, it looks like a custodial death,” Gulab Chand Kataria said, ANI reported.
Speaking at a press conference, Rajasthan Home Minister also said that he met the victim’s family members who told him that they are satisfied with the action taken so far. “I told them to come and meet me whenever they want if they want to tell me something more,” he said. While it is clear that the police took nearly 3 hours to take him to a hospital, it isn’t clear if he was beaten up by the police.
“After investigating we have found out that the cows were first dropped off at the gaushala (shelter). They shouldn’t have done that,” he said.
Reacting to minister Jaswant Yadav’s appeal to Muslims to stop cow smuggling for the sake of Hindus’ sentiments, Kataria said he should answer for himself. “Jaswant Yadav should answer for himself. The law does not give anyone the right to kill. Whosoever is responsible will be punished,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Rajasthan Minister Jaswant Yadav asked the Muslims to stop the cow smuggling business and to understand the sentiments of the Hindus. “Appeal Muslims to understand the sentiments of Hindus and stop smuggling cows. They must stop this business,” he said. (Also Read: Judgment Error in Deciding What Was Important That Time: Police on Alwar Lynching)
“Smugglers stuff 50-50 cows into a truck to smuggle them and sprinkle acid on them. This hurts the Hindus. I would request the Hindus to not do cow smuggling that would hurt the sentiments of the Hindus,” Aaj Tak reported him as saying.
Extending condolences to the Alwar lynching case victim, he said, “As far as his death is concerned, I express condolence and I stand against those who take the law into their hands.” He further said that while it is wrong to take the law into hands but it boils the blood of the Hindus.
28-year-old Rakbar Khan was lynched to death on Friday by an agitated mob when he, along with his friend, was taking two cows to his home in Haryana.