New Delhi, July 24: Days after the Alwar lynching case, in which a man was lynched to death on the suspicion of smuggling cows, Rajasthan Minister Jaswant Yadav appealed Muslims to understand the sentiments of the Hindus and stop the business of smuggling of cows. “(I) Appeal Muslims to understand the sentiments of Hindus and stop smuggling cows. They must stop this business,” he said.

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.

“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.

The Rajasthan Police on Monday suspended Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohan Singh for the undue delay in taking to a hospital a man brutally attacked by cow vigilantes in Alwar district who later died. Police source said Mohan Singh had been suspended for negligence and delay in taking Rakbar alias Akbar to the hospital at the earliest on Saturday.

On July 20, 28-year-old Rakbar Khan was lynched to death after an agitated mob attacked him and his friend on the suspicion of him being a cow smuggler. The policemen apparently reached the site of the attack at 1 a.m. but the victim reached the hospital only at 4 a.m., said a police official. It has been alleged that the policemen stopped on the way to have tea.

The post-mortem report said that the Khan died at around 3:40 AM.

Earlier in the day, Home Minister Rajnath Singh reiterated that the 1984 Sikh riot was the biggest incident of lynching. He further added that the central government is taking the incidents of lynching “very seriously” and might bring a law, if necessary, to stop it.

“I want to make it clear that the government is not just concerned but has taken lynching incidents very seriously,” Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha after opposition members raised the issue days after a cattle farmer was killed allegedly by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar.