Family of Muslim Farmer Killed By Cow Vigilantes in Alwar Protests, Demands Killers’ Arrest

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Family members of dairy farmer Ummar, who was gunned down by alleged cow vigilantes on Friday in Alwar, Rajasthan, and civil society groups protest demanding justice and action against the continuing killing of Muslim farmers and traders under the BJP government in Rajasthan.

“We want justice. Police are protecting the real killers. We demand their immediate arrest. They must be hanged,” said Abdur Razzaq, uncle of 42-year-old Bharatpur native Ummar, who was gunned down allegedly by a gang of cow vigilantes in the early morning of Friday in the Alwar district.

Raheem Khan | Caravan Daily

JAIPUR — Family members of slain dairy farmer Ummar Mohammad, along with civil and human rights activists, held a protest demonstration in the state capital of Rajasthan on Monday demanding immediate arrest of the killers. They alleged that police are protecting the accused.

“We want justice. Police are protecting the real killers. We demand their immediate arrest. They must be hanged,” said Abdur Razzaq, uncle of 42-year-old Bharatpur native Ummar, who was gunned down allegedly by a gang of cow vigilantes in the early morning of Friday in the Alwar district.

Razzaq was addressing protesters in the heart of the city. “Is killing of innocent human beings your service to cow?” they asked.

Civil society groups protest in Jaipur, Rajasthan against the killing of yet another Muslim dairy farmer by alleged cow vigilantes in Alwar on Friday.

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.

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Advocate Paiker Farooq, state president of APCR, a civil rights group, alleged that the police and the state BJP government are protecting the culprits.

Dr. Iqbal Siddiqui, media in-charge of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind Rajasthan, spoke to Ummar’s family and said that Ummar and his colleagues were attacked by a group of 7-8 people.

Civil society groups protest in Jaipur, Rajasthan against the killing of yet another Muslim dairy farmer by alleged cow vigilantes in Alwar on Friday.

Even though the attack took place on Friday, it came to light only on Sunday when one of the survivors called Ummar’s family who later identified the body. His body was sent to Jaipur for autopsy on Sunday evening. The autopsy is likely to be conducted on Tuesday.

Following the protest, a civil society delegation presented a memorandum to local government officials. In the memo, they demanded the arrest of the killers as well as policemen and withdrawal of cow-smuggling case filed against Ummar and his friends.

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“The murder of Ummar is the complete failure of your Government in protecting Muslims, in particular dairy farmers, from the killer gau rakshaks. You may recall that 4 such killings have happened in the past 2 years,” reads the memo addressed to Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

On May 30th, 2015, Abdul Ghaffar Querishi was killed in the Nagaur district. On April 1st, 2017, Haryana dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was lynched in Alwar district. They also demanded compensation for the victim family of Ummar who is survived by elderly parents, pregnant wife and children.

A compensation amount of Rs 25 lakh and a government job should be given to Ummar’s kin and Tahir who is undergoing treatment should be given protection and a compensation of Rs. 10 lakhs, demanded the civil society.

The memorandum is signed by Kavita Srivastava, President, PUCL Rajasthan, Anant Bhatnagar, General Secretary, PUCL Rajasthan, Nikhil Dey, MKSS, Maulana Hanif, Vice President, PUCL, Noor Mohammed, Secretary, PUCL, Alwar district, Rashid Hussain, Welfare Party, Rajasthan and Mohammed Iqbal, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Rajasthan.

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