A 55-year-old man succumbed to his injuries on Monday night after he was allegedly attacked by a group of gaurakshaks for transporting cows in Rajasthan’s Alwar on Saturday evening, The Indian Express reported.
Rajasthan Police said the deceased, Pehlu Khan, and four others were attacked even as they produced documents to show that they had purchased the cows.
“Gaurakshaks affiliated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal stopped four vehicles, near Jaguwas crossing on National Highway 8, on Saturday evening, alleging that they were illegally transporting bovines. These vehicles were coming from Jaipur, and were headed towards Nuh district in Haryana,” Ramesh Chand Sinsinwar, SHO, Behror police station, was quoted by The Indian Express as saying.
Purported videos of the incident are being circulated on social media. No arrests have been made so far.
“I told them I had all the documents but they pulled us out of the vehicle and beat us up. They took away Rs 35,000 from me. I later lost consciousness and woke up in a hospital at around 1 am on Sunday,” Azmat, one of the victim, was quoted by Indian Express as saying.
Police had lodged an FIR against the gaurakshaks under IPC Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 147 (destruction of property), 308 (culpable homicide) and 379 (theft), and Section 302 (murder).
However, the transporters were also booked under the Rajasthan Bovine Animals (Prohibition of Slaughter & Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995.