Rampur, July 26: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan’s wife Tanzeem Fatima returned the cow which was gifted to the couple by a revered seer over mob lynching fears. This comes days after Rajasthan’s Alwar lynching incident–where a Muslim man was lynched over suspicion of cow smuggling–took place.

”With deep pain, we have returned a beautiful cow gifted to us by a seer over fears that someone might kill the animal and put the blame on us,” Zee reported Tazeem Fatima as saying. She added that returning the cow was a painful experience for the couple. Adhokshjanand Maharaj, the Shankaracharya of the Govardhan Peeth gifted the cow to the Khan family.

Meanwhile, Azam Khan also requested Muslims to stay away from dairy business and cow trading for the safety of their upcoming generations. Khan’s remark came in the light of the increasing number of lynching incidents which have taken place over suspicions of cow smuggling.

“My request to Muslims who are in dairy business and cow trading is to stop it for the safety of their upcoming generations. At a time when some politicians are saying that one must face dire consequences of just touching a cow (Gai ko chhune pe bhi anjaam bhugtna hoga), Muslims should stay away from such trade,” he said.

In the intervening night of July 20-21, 28-year-old Rakbar Khan alias Akbar was allegedly beaten to death by a mob on suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. According to the postmortem report, Khan died of “shock as a result of ante-mortem injuries sustained over the body.”

The autopsy further stated that the 28-year-old victim suffered 13 injuries in total, including eight bruises, two abrasions, a laceration, a fracture in the wrist and another in left femur. According to media reports, the Alwar police took three hours to get the victim to a hospital, which was only 6 km away.

(With inputs from ANI)