Rajasthan: Man Assaulted On Suspicion Of Cow Smuggling, Congress Govt Maintains Silence
In less than a month of the Congress led-Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan, there have been an incident of cow violence and an alleged farmer suicide in the state. However, Congress government seems to be silent on both the incidents.
According to India Today, on December 30, a Muslim man in Rajasthan was allegedly nabbed and beaten up by a mob over the suspicion of smuggling cows. The incident happened in the jungles of Bagheri Khurd in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.
Nabbed and beaten up
A 23-year-old, resident of Mirzapur village of Alwar district, Saghir Khan along with his another colleague, Mustaq, who was driving the van were carrying six cows through a village in Alwar. While they were going to their destination, the two landed themselves in a road rage incident. The argument over road rage quickly accelerated into a bigger feud between the two parties. As soon a the mob saw cows in the Saghir’s van, they accused them of smuggling cows and attacked both of them. In such commotion, Mustaq quickly escaped. However, the mob caught hold of Saghir.
A soon as the police were informed about the issue they rushed to the place and took Saghir, to the hospital. According to the police Saghir was in a very poor condition when the police have reached the spot. While talking to The Wire, station house officer at Kishangarh Bas police station, Rajesh Sharma said, “As we received information of the attack on Sunday morning, we rushed and found Saghir in a terrible condition. He was taken to the hospital immediately.”
The police have also recovered the van from the spot that had four cows and two bulls on it. The officer further told the publication that an FIR against the unknown men who assaulted Saghir was lodged. Meanwhile, Saghir has been booked under Rajasthan Bovine (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export, Act, 1995). His vehicle has also been seized.
While talking to The Wire, Saghir’s brother said, “He used to live separately, far away from our home in the same village. We have no idea with whom he went and what happened to him. We got to know only when the police informed us in the evening.” He added that since the time they heard the news of Saghir being attacked all they are going is shifting him from one hospital to another, with no improvement in his health.
Meanwhile, Alwar superintendent of police, Rajendra Singh said that till now three people have been arrested who belong to the Gujjar community. He further said that the investigation is still going on.
This is not the first time in Rajasthan when over rumours of cow smuggling people especially from the Muslim community were beaten and thrashed by a mob. In July last year, the 31-year-old, Akbar Khan, who was with his friend Aslam, was lynched by a mob on suspicion of cow smuggling. After this latest incident, the Muslim residents of the village are quite concerned, as they thought that the Congress government who just have come to power, would make the situation better for the community, as reported The Wire. However, the Congress government didn’t utter a word against this incident till now.
Rather than taking stringent steps against the issue, the Congress government in their latest manifesto had promised to increase the subsidy allotted for gaushalas under the previous Raje government.
In another incident, days after Gehlot government came to power in the state, a 48-year-old farmer was found hanging in his field on Sunday. According to his family, the farmer, Lehrulal Keer was stressed over the crop loss due to intense cold in the region and his mounting debt.
The Logician Indian take
Before the Congress government came to power, it was criticising the BJP government for not taking strict action for cow vigilantism and farmer suicide. However, Congress is behaving exactly the same how the previous government in the state was. These are the major issue that has taken the lives of many people, so we request the Congress government to take proper measures.