The Alwar police on Sunday has arrested a third accused in the alleged lynching of Rakbar Khan alias Akbar Khan, a police official said.
“We have arrested another accused identified as Naresh Singh, who is also a resident of Lalawandi village of Ramgarh police station area. Another accused Vishal is missing,” said police sub inspector Subhash Chand at the Ramgarh Police station.
He further added, “The three accused were presented before a local court on Sunday and has been sent to police remand till July 27.”
Two others – Dharmendra Yadav and Paramjeet Singh Sardar – were arrested on Saturday the basis of testimony by locals.
“They (the accused) were associated with the local unit of Shiv Sena and suspected the two to be cow smugglers,” said a local villager, who didn’t want to be named. The IG said the police was investigating their links with any right-wing organizations,” inspector general of police (Jaipur range) Hemant Priyadarshi had said after the arrest of Dharmendra and Paramjeet.
Khan (31) was allegedly beaten to death on Friday night by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar district, where three people engaged in the cattle trade had already been killed since April last year.
The incident, which triggered tension in the region, took place just four days after the Supreme Court slammed the Central and state governments for failing to prevent frequent lynchings, terming them “horrendous acts of mobocracy,” and issued a slew of directions to tackle them.
Rakbar Khan and Aslam, residents of Kol village in Haryana’s Mewat region, were herding two cows when they were stopped in Lalavandi village of Ramgarh tehsil in Alwar around midnight and assaulted by a group of men, the police said.
Khan was brutally beaten but Aslam managed to escape, said Alwar’s additional superintendent of police Anil Beniwal. Some locals informed the police, which reached the spot, and found Khan lying injured in a muddy field with the two cows standing next to him.
Khan died on his way to Alwar hospital and his post-mortem examination revealed that the cause of death was internal bleeding caused by beating, police said. His father Sulamain Mev said Rakbar used to work as a labourer in a local stonemine and had left home on Friday morning with Aslam.
While Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje condemned the incident and said the “strictest possible action shall be taken against the perpetrators,” Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal sparked a controversy by saying the Alwar lynching engineered to derail Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rising popularity.