A mob beat a Muslim man to death in Rajasthan’s Alwar district on Friday night, suspecting him to be a cow smuggler, reports said.
Akbar Khan, 28, and his unidentified associate were attacked in a place called Ramgarh while they were transporting cattle to Haryana, where he lived in Ferozepur Jhirka district.
Alwar has witnessed attacks in the name of cow protection in the last two years. Dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was killed in a mob attack in April.
Relatives of Umar Mohammed, who was found dead by railway tracks in Alwar in November 2017, have alleged that he was killed by cow vigilantes. The Supreme Court last week asked Parliament to come up with a law to tackle cow vigilantism and lynch mobs even as it laid down preventive, remedial, and punitive measures against the backdrop of a spate of such incidents across the country.
“Horrendous acts of mobocracy” can’t be allowed, a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud said. The bench added that “extrajudicial” acts such as “cow vigilantism” should be nipped in the bud.