EX-RAJASTHAN CHIEF MINISTER DEMANDS FAIR PROBE IN ALWAR KILLING

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Ashok Gehlot. — File photo

#Ummar Lynching # Fair probe urged #Ashok Gehlot #Alwar

Former Rajasthan Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot also warned the case should not meet the fate of the Pehlu Khan case.

Caravan Daily

JAIPUR — Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ashok Gehlot, on Monday strongly condemned the lynching of dairy farmer, Ummar Khan, and demanded a fair probe in the case.

The General Secretary of Congress party also said the case should not meet the fate of the Pehlu Khan case.

“I strongly condemn #lynching of #UmarKhan in Govindgarh, #Alwar. As the reports suggest, he was thrashed n shot dead by a crowd of cow vigilantes when he was transporting cows to his native village in Bharatpur. Who are the forces behind such brazenness audacity,” he asked in a series of tweets.

Ummar and two of his co-villagers were returning from Ramgarh with a few cows when their pickup vehicle was stopped and they were attacked with firearms. While Ummar died on the spot, Tahir and Jabir escaped with bullet injuries. Media reports said Ummar’s body was kept on a railway track to destroy the evidence of murder and to show his death as an accident.

He also demanded a fair probe in the Ummar lynching case saying it should not meet the fate of Pehlu case. “There should be a fair investigation in this case, it should not meet the same fate like #Pehlukhan lynching.”

Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was lynched in the same Alwar district on April 1, this year. His two sons were also brutally assaulted by a gang of Gau Rakshaks. However, after months of enquiry, the state police gave a clean chit to some of the accused who were named by Pehlu in his dying declaration from the hospital bed.

Lynching Becoming the Norm in Rajasthan

Gehlot also cornered the BJP-ruled state government of Vasundhara Raje for not checking the spate of cow violence.

“On one hand Govt has totally failed in curbing such incidents n, on the other after #AlwarLynching Home Minister is giving irresponsible statement like always, which is unfortunate,” said Gehlot while referring to state home minister State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria’s remarks that government can’t stop every incident.

Ummar was gunned down in Alwar on Friday morning.

Soon after Pehlu was lynched, Kataria had tried to protect the cow vigilantes by saying that Pehlu had three cases of cow smuggling registered against him and he was transporting cattle without valid documents. In fact, Pehlu had purchased cattle from a government-run cattle market in Jaipur and had papers issued by the local municipality.

Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot, while reacting on the Ummar lynching said: “Extremely worrying that Lynching & mob violence are becoming the norm in Rajasthan. Saddened to see willful neglect and meek response of the govt.”

Ummar was gunned down in Alwar on Friday morning. His body was brought to Jaipur on Sunday for autopsy. However, his family has not yet allowed it and demanded the arrest of the accused first. They also demanded compensation as Ummar is survived by pregnant wife, eight kids and elderly parents.

 

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