- Victim and his friend had purchased three oxen for farming in their village; they were attacked by mob of ‘cow vigilantes’ in Chittorgarh on intervening night of June 13-14
Chittorgarh: A man from Madhya Pradesh was lynched by cow vigilantes in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan on suspicion of smuggling cows, according to police on Monday. Another person accompanying him was injured in the attack. So far, nine persons have been arrested and 19 named in the case, the police added.
The victim, identified as Babu (25), and another person, identified as Pintu, were transporting cattle when they were attacked by a mob on the intervening night of June 13 and 14. The incident took place near Bhilkhanda.
According to available information, Babu and Pintu hailed from Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh. They were taking three oxen from Begun town of Chittorgarh to their village in MP. The oxen were meant to be used for agriculture work.
However, the mob accused them of smuggling cows and started hitting them with sticks.
Police officials said that the duo was seriously injured and had to be rushed to the hospital. There, Babu succumbed to his injuries.
It was Pintu who told the police that they had purchased th oxen from Begun for agriculture work in their village. However, he could not produce any document for verification and the animal trader was called in for the same.
A case of murder has been registered.
Not the first time
According to reports, cow vigilantism has severely hit the dairy economy of Rajasthan. This is not the first time that a person was lynched by cow vigilantes on suspicion of smuggling cows. In April 2017, Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer was fatally attacked in Alwar on his way back from a cattle fair in Jaipur from where he had purchased two milch cows. Six others accompanying him, too, had been beaten up. In November that year, Umar Khan was shot dead. Rakhbar Khan was killed in July 2018. He and his friend Aslam Khan were brutally attacked by a mob of cow vigilantes in Lalwandi in Alwar when they were taking milch cows to their home in Haryana.
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