The body of a 35-year-old man was found near railway tracks in Rajasthan’s Alwar district yesterday, with activists alleging that he was killed by cow vigilantes. The body of Ummar Khan, hailing from Ghatmika village in Bharatpur district, was recovered near Ramgarh on Friday and has been sent for a post-mortem, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Ramgarh Circle) Anil Beniwal said. An FIR was lodged under The Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, against the alleged cow smugglers on Friday and the vehicle sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL), the SP said according to the Indian Express.“The body has been referred to a hospital in Jaipur for post-mortem examination. Only after that we will be able to know the real cause of death. We have filed an FIR against unidentified persons for murder,” Anil Beniwal, Circle Office, Alwar told IANS. “We have also detained one person on charges of murder. Investigations are going on,” he added. According to the Indian Express, the relatives of the victim state that Ummar was accompanied by two others, Tahir and Javed.Ummar’s uncle Ilyas told The Indian Express that “Javed was the only one who managed to escape. He recounted to me that they were attacked by gunmen. He said he barely managed to escape and that he doesn’t know about the fate of the other two.” Social worker Maulana Haneef claimed that Khan, along with two others, was ferrying cattle in a vehicle when unidentified men opened fire at them. Khan died on the spot. In April this year, 55-year-old Pehlu Khan was lynched by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar while he was transporting cattle, triggering a nationwide outrage.The Mewat region is known for rearing cows and now “self-proclaimed cow sympathizers” of various right-wing outfits are targeting those who rear cows, the social activist said. The head of Meo community panchayat, Sher Mohammad, said that even if Ummar Khan was involved in cow smuggling, there are laws to deal with smugglers. “Who has given the cow vigilantes the right to take the law into own hands. Police should act against cow vigilantes,” he said.
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