Man beaten by cow vigilantes in Alwar dies of injuries

Leading a cow across a road in Mumbai India

A woman leads her cow across a road in Mumbai India on Oct. 9 2015

Pehlu Khan, 55, was one of 15 men pulled from cattle trucks and beaten with sticks and metal rods by a mob in the northwest state of Rajasthan. Last year Modi criticized the cow-protection vigilantes and urged a crackdown against groups using religion as a cover for committing crimes.

Prakash said the six others have now been discharged from hospital, adding that a postmortem would determine the cause of Khan's death. "These vehicles were coming from Jaipur, and were headed towards Nuh district in Haryana", Ramesh Chand Sinsinwar, SHO, Behror police station, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express. A Muslim man accused of transporting cows for slaughter has died after he was beaten by a mob in western India, police said Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in the latest incidence of violence by Hindu vigilante groups enraged over the treatment of animals they consider sacred.

Following Khan's death, a case of murder was registered against six persons namely Om Yadav, Hukamchand Yadav, Naveen Sharma, Sudhir Yadav, Rahul Saini and Jagmal, while 200 other "unidentified" people were listed as accused.

Siniswar also stated that the perpetrators were "affiliated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal".

Critics said the vigilantes have been emboldened by the election in 2014 of prime minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party.

"We do not support such incidents". Azmat's brother Yusuf told India Today, "Everyone at the hospital was looking down at us..."

"However, taking law in one's hand is wrong". 'We condemn such incidents. If such laws are broken then there are number of government institutions to punish the guilty, ' Yechury told ANI.

According to the Rajasthan Bovine Animal Act, 1995, the export of cows for slaughter is prohibited.

"But they have violated the law by beating people brutally", the minister added.

Gangs of "cow protectors" have been implicated in killing at least 10 people in the past two years as the welfare of the animal has become an increasingly charged issue in Indian politics.

Probe further revealed that the stamp and date were missing from the Jaipur municipal corporation receipts which the alleged cow smugglers were carrying. Some of them fled.

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