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New Delhi : The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports that on July 20, 2018, a 31-year old man, Rakbar Khan from Haryana’s Mewat district was attacked by a group of 8-10 cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar district and succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.

The cow vigilantes have, reportedly, alleged that the victim died in police custody not because of mob violence as claimed by the authorities. There are further reports in the print media that it took Alwar police more than 3 hours to travel six km while taking a critically injured victim of lynching to the closest hospital, the Community Health Centre at Ramgarh.

The Commission has observed that the contents of the news reports, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights of the victim. Accordingly, it has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and DGP, Government of Rajasthan, calling for reports in the matter within two weeks, according to an NHRC release.

According to the media reports carried on July 22, 2018, the victim of mob lynching, in his dying statement, told police that he and his friend were walking back with two cows they had bought when they came under attack in Alwar’s Ramgarh area by the mob, which accused them of being smugglers taking the cattle for slaughter. Rather than saving the life of the victim, the two cows recovered from him seemed to have been the priority of police.  The cows were taken to gaushala 10 km away, a good one hour before the victim of mob lynching was brought to the CHC, dead.

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