Alwar cow-vigilantism: Rajasthan Govt. sends report to MHA

Jaipur (Rajasthan)[India], Apr. 7 : The Rajasthan Government on Friday sent a report to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Alwar cow-vigilantism incident.

Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Rajasthan Government seeking a reply on the matter within three weeks, after a Muslim man was allegedly killed by cow protectors over suspicion of cow-smuggling in Alwar.

Besides Rajasthan, the court also issued notices to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Jharkhand.

The top court's directive came after a petition was filed by activist Tehseen Poonawalla seeking ban on Gau Rakshaks and to probe all incidents of cow vigilantism in these states.

The matter has been deferred to May 3 for further hearing. Yesterday, Alwar incident sparked war of words in theParliament as well. Both Houses of Parliament witnessed heated exchanges regarding this incident. Congress Rajya Sabha member Madhusudan Mistry demanded the dismissal of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state in view of the "breakdown of constitutional machinery." Three people have been arrested in connection with an attack on a group of five men by the cow vigilantes that led to the death of one Muslim man on Wednesday.

The incident happened on April 1 after gau rakshaks affiliated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal stopped their vehicle on NH 8, alleging that they were illegally transporting cows.

An FIR has been registered and investigation is currently underway in this regard..

Source: ANI