Man assaulted by cow vigilantes in Rajasthan, dies

Now Basundhara govt mulls proscription against illegal abattoirs
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JAIPUR
5 Apr 2017

A man who was assaulted by vigilantes on the suspicion of cow smuggling has died at a hospital in Alwar district of Rajasthan, police said today. The deceased, Pehlu Khan, and three others were beaten up by the vigilantes on Saturday while they were transporting cows in six vehicles to Haryana.The victims were admitted to a hospital where Khan died on Monday night. The postmortem was conducted yesterday, SHO Behror, Ramesh Sinsinwar, said. A case was registered against the assailants but no arrest has been made so far, he said. In Jaipur, Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that though the smuggling of cows for slaughter is prohibited in the state, no one has the right to take the law into their hands. He assured that appropriate action would be taken against the vigilantes. Meanwhile, the Rajasthan government is committed to ban illegal slaughterhouses in the state, local self government and urban development minister Srichand Kriplani said today. The statement comes days after a congregation of Hindu priests here demanded a complete ban on all slaughterhouses in the state. "Be it illegal constructions or illegal slaughterhouses, all such activities need action. The state government is committed to taking action against them," he said. Recently, 17 head priests of prominent temples of Rajasthan had held 'Dharam Sansad' at Laxminarayan Temple in Badi Chaupar here to demand a complete ban on slaughterhouses. Swami Sampatkumar Avadheshacharya Ji Maharaj of Shri Galta Peeth reportedly demanded a ban on all slaughterhouses, claiming that even the legal abattoirs are undertaking illegal activities. Officials of local self government department said taking action against illegal slaughterhouses is a routine work and there is nothing new about it. "The government takes action against illegal slaughterhouses periodically. Notices are served and action is taken against those operating without license/permission," said principal secretary of local self government department, Manjit Singh. When asked whether the government has shut down 16 illegal slaughterhouses in the last one week, Singh refused to reveal the figures. The Jaipur Municipal Corporation is also coming down heavily on those butchers and meat shops whose licenses are not renewed. "There were complaints that some people were slaughtering animals inside their shops. Several meat shops do not have proper licenses, we will act on all these complaints. "The shops that are not do not fulfill the parameters, we will close all of them," Jaipur Mayor Ashok Lahoti said. (PTI)