Alwar killing: 1 detained; minister says not enough manpower to prevent every incident

13 Nov 2017

Police have detained one person in connection with the killing of 35-year-old Umar Khan by alleged cow vigilantes in Rajasthan's Alwar district.

Reacting to the incident, Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said today that the state did not have enough manpower everywhere to "control" every situation well in time. Umar Khan's body was found near railway tracks in Ramgarh on November 11, with his family members and activists alleging that he was shot dead by cow vigilantes when he was ferrying cattle in a vehicle the day before. The incident, which came months after the lynching of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar, has triggered an outrage.

"The incident took place at night and police are acting on the case. One person has been detained," Kataria said and expressed hope that the case would be cracked soon. He said strict action would be taken against the culprits irrespective of their religion.
"We don't have so much manpower to enable us to control every situation at all places, even before an incident is reported (hamare pass itni manpower nahin hai, ki har jagah, har sthiti ko samay se pehle control kar saken)," the home minister stated. Deputy superintendent of police, Alwar (South), Anil Beniwal said the detained person was being interrogated.

An FIR has been registered at Govindgarh police station under IPC sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) against unidentified people, based on a complaint lodged by Khan's family members. They have demanded immediate arrest of the accused and compensation. A post-mortem on Umar Khan's body was yet to be conducted at the SMS Hospital in Jaipur where the body was referred from Alwar on Sunday. Hospital superintendent D S Meena said that post-mortem would be conducted by a medical board constituted in the case.