Cow Vigilantism Strikes Again: Muslim Man Gunned Down

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New Delhi: Another gruesome incident of cow vigilantism has emerged from Alwar, where a Muslim man was gunned down by a mob and two of his aides were assaulted. News reports that emerged after the incident indicate that the victim, Ummar Muhammad, was shot dead on the pretest that he was transporting cows near the Rajasthan-Haryana border on November 10.

The ghastly incident, which has once again ripened the memories of the past incidents of mob violence, took place in Fahari village near Govindh Gadh in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. Several media agencies reported that Muhammad along with his two accomplices were transporting cows from Mewat in Haryana to Bharatpur in the state, but were intercepted by the rowdy mob.

Police have maintained silence on the episode, but the fact that Muhammad was shot has been confirmed. Muhammad, who is survived by a wife and eight children, was allegedly assaulted by members of a certain right-wing group in the region, indicates several reports. One of Muhammad’s aides, Tahir, managed to flee the spot and quickly got admitted to a hospital. Reports indicate that Tahir, too, has been severely injured by a mob of 7-8 people.

The victim’s uncle Iliyas Muhammad has requested the Alwar police to quickly register a complaint, adding that the cows were not being transported for the purpose of slaughter.

The shocking incident has left the Mewat community in a state of shock, and has triggered several protests in the region. A demand has been made for the immediate arrest of the offenders. Police are yet to register an FIR in the case, even as two days have passed.

Cow vigilantism and mob lynching have become a menace in the country, with a combined tally of 30 incidents – each claiming the life of at least one individual. Earlier this year, the Pehlu Khan lynching case, where a 55-year-old dairy farmer was brutally assaulted and killed by a mob in Alwar, sent ripples across the country.

In view of increasing incidents of lynching, the government had asked security forces to keep a tight vigil on such fringe elements.
However, with the fresh incident, it clearly seems that the country has not seen the last of these cow vigilantes.