Prime Minister Narendra Modi many a time in the past warned the cow vigilantes not to take law into their hands and kill the people who were transporting cattle. He even asked the state governments to take stern actions against these criminal activities of the Gau Rakshaks and these instructions were issued to the state capitals by the PMO but it seems the cow vigilantes are confident that this is the routine action of the government and they have every freedom to kill those who are transporting cows or any cattle. They are working under the patronage of Bajrang Dal and other Sangh Parivar organizations.
In a recent incident, three persons were transporting cows in a pickup truck after purchasing them at Alwar in Rajisthan. At a village Fahari, the unknown persons most probably cow vigilantes started firing at the vehicle which was carrying cows. They left the vehicle and fled the scene but the firing continued. Resultantly Ummar Khan was fatally injured while Javed Khan was hurt and succeeded to escape. The third victim Taher Khan is missing. The body of Umar Khan was thrown at the nearby rail track to show that he was killed in an accident.
Police retrieved the dismembered body and post mortem was done. Alwar Circle Officer Anil Beniwal said FIR under Section 302(murder) was registered. Two persons Bhagwan Singh and Ramveer were arrested on November 13.
The arrested confessed to their crime and said four more accomplices were involved in the crime. The police has done their job, but Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said the state had not enough manpower to stop crime at every place. However he assured that other criminals would also be arrested soon.
The political circles are of the view that if the Prime Minister meant what he said and warned, then this unending series of crimes committed by the cow vigilantes should have come to an end. Or we should assume the states are least bothered to implement the instructions of the Prime Minister. As the remarks passed by the Home Minister taking the crime in a routine manner, the latter assumption seems to be nearer to the truth.