Alwar attack: two cow Vigilantes held
ALWAR: Four days after the alleged attack on three men transporting cattle in Alwar, the investigating officer of the case has been changed, the police said on Tuesday. The case, which was being investigated by the station house officer, Govindgarh police station, has now been handed over to Anil Beniwal, assistant superintendent of police, Alwar (south).
“I have asked for all the files pertaining to the case. We have secured a three-day police custody of the two arrested men,” Beniwal told HT. The police said that a search is on for other men.
Alwar police had arrested two cow vigilantes on Monday night in connection with the attack in Alwar on three men. Police said the trio was smuggling cows in the wee hours of Friday when they were attacked. The attack resulted in the death of Umar Mohammed (42).
“We had taken one cow vigilante Bhagwan Singh Gurjar into custody on Sunday, who named the five other assailants. We picked up another accused, Ramveer Gurjar, last night and arrested both,” said additional superintendent of police Mool Singh Rana.
Both the accused hail from Marakpur village in Alwar’s Govindgarh, where the attack on the men took place.
The other four have been identified and police teams have been sent in pursuit of them, said Rana.
A badly damaged pickup van with cows was found in Govindgarh area on Friday morning and the body of Umar Mohammed was found on the railway tracks in Ramgarh, some 15 kms away. Umar’s autopsy is held up because of objections from the family.
Until Sunday, the police had denied any connection between the two. But making a volte-face on Monday, Alwar SP Rahul Prakash said the two were linked and the attack was carried out ‘in connection with cows’ by ‘anti-social elements’.
Umar’s pickup had two other passengers – Tahir Khan and Javed Khan alias Jabba. Tahir said they were attacked while they were returning to their village Ghatmika in Bharatpur after buying cows from Dausa.
“A group of 6-7 men opened fire on us … I sustained injuries on my shoulder while Jabba (who was driving the van) managed to escape,” said Tahir.
He added that while the men shot Umar dead, they hit him with the butt of a gun and left, assuming that he was dead too. Jabba reached Ghatmika unhurt on Friday evening.
Police officials said that Tahir Khan had previous cases of cow smuggling registered against him. “Khan has three cases of cow smuggling registered against him along with one case of outraging modesty of a woman and another incident of assault. He is also wanted in one of the cases,” said Beniwal.
He added that a case against Mohammed under the Rajasthan Bovine act is also registered at the Govindgarh police station.
Umar Mohammed’s killing is reminiscent of the murder of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan who was waylaid and lynched by cow vigilantes near Alwar on April 1. Khan had documents to prove he wasn’t smuggling cows.