Muslim man killed by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan, three arrested

Pehlu Khan and four other men were assaulted even after they showed their attackers papers stating that they had bought the cows - which they said were milch cattle - police told the Indian Express.

Hindus, a majority in the country, regard the cow as holy, and this is the latest in a series of incidents of cow vigilantes attacking people transporting cattle in various parts of the country. Khan was said to be among several people who were transporting cows in six vehicles along the Alwar highway on Saturday when they were stopped by cow vigilantes and beaten up. The condition of the other injured is learnt to be stable, Singh said adding that they had not been placed under arrest so far.

"They were carrying eight bovines in the mini truck without permission". "We are yet to receive the postmortem report but he had multiple rib fractures", he told AFP. Other injured persons, whose number could not be known immediately, were recuperating in hospital.

Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has shockingly defended the lynch mob - describing them as Gau Bhakts (cow protectors) - and blamed the victims. "We have the police, judiciary, but takign law into their own hands is unacceptable", Congress leader Sachin Pilot said.

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist, took office in 2014, hard-line Hindus have been demanding that India ban beef sales - a key industry for many within India's poor, minority Muslim community.

The group of self-appointed alleged cow vigilantes can be seen chasing and beating up the group on a highway.

The western state of Gujarat last month passed a law making the slaughter of cows punishable with life imprisonment.

Shortly after being sworn in, Adityanatha launched a crackdown on abattoirs, grinding much of the industry to a halt.

In Rajasthan, the export of cows for slaughter is strictly prohibited under the Rajasthan Bovine Animal Act, 1995.

"You can't transport cows on the basis of municipal corporation slips".

  • Leroy Wright