Alwar: Horrific details of the Alwar lynching are trickling out: a TV channel has found that the man who was beaten by a mob, which suspected him of cattle smuggling, was in police custody for nearly four hours before he was taken to a hospital.
On the way to the hospital, the police gave him a bath, arranged vehicles to transport the seized cows, took him to a police station and even stopped for tea, reports NDTV. The injured man was picked up from a village near Alwar, where he was beaten up, a little after 1 am. A doctor at a local hospital told the TV channel that the victim, who was already dead, was brought in at 4 am. The entry in the medical register corroborates it. Incidentally, the deceased, Rakbar Khan had told the police his name but he was still cited as ‘unknown’ in the FIR.
There were 6 to 10 kinds of injuries on his body; the ribs were broken and the lungs were punctured. But doctors said had he been rushed to the hospital, he could have been saved. State legislator Gyandev Ahuja has said the man died not because of beating by the mob but in police custody, to which Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria has said the guilty will be punished.
Rakbar was the sole breadwinner of his family. Hailing from Haryana’s Mewat district, Khan had gone to Lalavandi village (in Rajasthan’s Alwar district) with his friend Aslam to buy two cows to expand his milk supply business, his family said. The death of Rakbar comes more than a year after dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was killed in a similar fashion. The 55-year-old had been set upon by a group while he was taking home two cows bought at a cattle fair in April 2017. Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, meanwhile, has claimed that his remark on mob lynching was “misinterpreted”.
He took to his Twitter handle and said he ‘deeply condemns’ such incidents. In another development, a senior government functionary said the Centre is considering the possibility of amending the Indian Penal Code to define ‘mob lynching’ as a penal offence. Another option being considered is to draft a model law that states can adopt to prevent incidents of mob lynching, he said.