Even after they produced documents showing that they had purchased the cattle, the five men who were returning to Nuh in Haryana were attacked by a group of gau rakshaks on April 1.
Activists from Bajrang Dal and other gau rakshaks stopped their pickup vehicles near Behror on the Jaipur-Delhi national highway.
“Gau rakshaks affiliated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal stopped four vehicles, near Jaguwas crossing on National Highway 8, on Saturday evening, alleging that they were illegally transporting bovines. These vehicles were coming from Jaipur and were headed towards Nuh district in Haryana,” Ramesh Chand Sinsinwar, SHO, Behror police station.
“Five of the victims had to be hospitalised. Of these, Pehlu Khan died at a hospital in Alwar on Monday night. A post-mortem was conducted and his body was handed over to his relatives today,” he added.
After heated arguments, the mob of cow vigilantes thrashed the men and damaged their vehicles. The injured men were left on the road, they were later rushed to a nearby private hospital. Pehlu Khan’s condition was critical and he was shifted to the ICU.
“We were returning from a Saturday fair in Jaipur. I had bought two milch cows for Rs 75,000, and I had all the valid documents with me. We were not even trying to hide the cows, as we were taking them in a pick-up truck. At around 6 pm on Saturday, the gau rakshaks stopped our vehicle and asked us our names. They allowed our driver, Arjun, to leave,” said Azmat, 22, who was with Pehlu Khan in the vehicle.
This is not the first incident of this type in the state, last month gau rakshaks had created a ruckus over beef rumours in a Jaipur hotel.