Police’s bullet killed Umar, the latest victim of cow vigilantism, alleges PUCL

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Alwar/Jaipur: Umar Mohammed, the most recent victim of cow vigilants in India  was not killed by the gau rakshaks alone. He died from the bullets fired by the Ramgarh police in Alwar district of Rajasthan, alleged members of Public Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL).

Umar’s dead body was found lying at the railway track on Friday evening, post which first his body was kept at a government hospital’s mortuary in Alwar and then sent to SMS Hospital, Jaipur. The victim, as revealed later, was a dairy farmer and was transporting cows from Alwar to Bharatpur on a pickup van along with two other men- Tahir and Javed. They were spotted by gau rakshaks and later Umar was lynched. Javed successed to flee, and after reaching to his village, informed villagers that bullets were fired on them and he had no idea what happened to others.

Tahir, was badly beaten and sustained grave injuries. He is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Haryana.

Ironically, after two days of the recovery of Umar’s dead body, the FIR could be registered on Sunday evening when the family members of Umar insisted under section 302 and 201 of IPC.

But, an FIR has already been registered against victims on Friday itself under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal (Prohibition of Slaughter and Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, against the alleged cow smugglers and the vehicle sent to Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL).

“Umar’s murder is the complete failure of the Vasundhara Raje Government in protecting the Muslims, precisely, the Muslim dairy farmers from the cow vigilantes. However, in this case it is being alleged that the bullet fired by one of Ramgarh’s police killed him, post which the police tried to destroy evidence by throwing his body on the railway track. The present state of his body bears a testimony of the brutality that the police and the so called Gaurakshaks can indulge in,” stated a communiqué released by PUCL.

“We want the person named – Rakesh as mentioned by Tahir, the man who was successful in escaping the bloody madness of the police and the Gaurakshaks,” demanded the human rights organization.

“The most important question here is, from where gau rakshaks got bullet, if it was not of police?” Kavita Srivastava of PUCL told eNewsroom.

The organization condemned the heinous crime in strongest words, has also demanded for compensation, protection and immediate action to be taken against the policemen.

As per PUCL, Umar’s family should be given a compensation of INR 25 lakhs in cash along with some land. Tahir be given protection and a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs. And the false case of cow smuggling against Umar and Tahir should be dropped immediately.

They have also demanded for the immediate removal of Ramgarh’s SHO and suspension of Alwar’s SP for failing to do their duty. They have also demanded for the Home Ministry to provide protection of Meos in Alwar and Bharatpur district, read the letter.

“We demand the immediate lodging of an FIR with names against the so called Gaurakshaks and the Ramgarh police,” the release, which is undersigned by Kavita Srivastava, Nikhil Dey and Noor Mohammed among others, added.

Earlier in April this year, Pehlu Khan, another dairy farmer from Alwar was lynched by gau rakshaks and Rajasthan police had not found any evidence even after having recorded the dying declaration of Pehlu Khan, which eventually lead to the bail of the six accused in the case.

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