Umar Khan killing: 2 ar­rested; cow smug­gling case against dead, 2 oth­ers

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TWO per­sons were ar­rested for al­legedly killing 35year-old Umar Khan who was found dead near rail­ways tracks in the Ram­garh area of Al­war district, po­lice said on Tues­day. The po­lice have also lodged a cow smug­gling case against Umar Khan, and two other per­sons, Tahir Khan and Javed, of­fi­cials said.

“Bhag­wan Singh Gur­jar alias Kala and Ramveer Gur­jar, res­i­dents of Marka­pur area, were ar­rested for killing Umar Khan. They were ar­rested late yes­ter­day night,” SP Al­war Rahul Prakash said. The two were be­ing in­ter­ro­gated and a hunt is on for the other ac­cused, he said.

Asked whether the ac­cused were robbers or cow vig­i­lantes, Prakash said that there was “no term like cow vig­i­lante” in po­lice vo­cab­u­lary. It is a mur­der case and we are work­ing to ar­rest the ac­cused in­volved in the case, he said.

Umar’s body was found near rail­way tracks in Ram­garh on Novem­ber 11, with his fam­ily mem­bers and ac­tivists al­leg­ing that he was shot dead by cow vig­i­lantes when fer­ry­ing cat­tle in a ve­hi­cle the day be­fore. The in­ci­dent, which came months af­ter the lynch­ing of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan by sus­pected cow vig­i­lantes in Al­war, trig­gered an out­rage. Al­war SP said that two cases were lodged in con­nec­tion with the Umar Khan case. The first was lodged af­ter the pick-up van with cat­tle was traced at Govin­dgarh. “It was a clear case of cow smug­gling and we lodged a case for the same against Umar Khan, Tahir Khan and Javed,” he said.The sec­ond is a case of mur­der af­ter Umar’s rel­a­tives lodged an FIR, he said.

Mean­while, the post­mortem of Umar’s body could not be per­formed even on Tues­day. SMS Hos­pi­tal su­per­in­ten­dent, Dr DS Meena, said that the post-mortem could not be per­formed by the med­i­cal board as Umar Khan’s fam­ily mem­bers did not turn up de­spite sev­eral at­tempts. The de­ceased’s fam­ily mem­bers are camp­ing in Jaipur af­ter the body was re­ferred to SMS Hos­pi­tal here from Al­war.

“No one should die the way my nephew did. We have met se­nior po­lice of­fi­cials and will be meet­ing of­fi­cials of the chief min­is­ter’s of­fice today to take up the case,” said Raz­zak Khan, un­cle of Umar.

He said that Umar’s par­ents are el­derly and could not come to Jaipur. The state gov­ern­ment should com­pen­sate them with Rs 50 lakh and Rs 25 lakh to the kin of Tahir, who sus­tained bul­let in­jury in the in­ci­dent. Raz­zak said Tahir had in­formed him that on their way back home they were at­tacked by six to eight peo­ple. The as­sailants opened fire in which Umar was killed and Tahir sus­tained in­juries, he added.

A protest in Jaipur seek­ing jus­tice for

Umar Khan

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