Four days after the Supreme Court asked the legislature to consider instituting a new law to with increasing mob violence, a 28-year-old man was beaten to death in Rajasthan's Alwar on suspicion of cow-smuggling on Friday night.
The man has been identified as Akbar Khan but no arrests have been made thus far. According to reports, Khan and another man were transporting two cows to their village and were passing through a forest area when the incident occurred.
Khan was taken to a government hospital in Ramgarh, where doctors declared him brought dead. Khan's family members are yet to reach the hospital where the body has been kept.
NDTV quoted senior police officer Anil Beniwal as saying, "It is not clear if they were cow smugglers. The body has been sent for postmortem, We are trying to identify the culprits and arrests will be made soon."
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje tweeted:
Alwar is the same place where Pehlu Khan was killed over a year ago by a mob of over 200 cow vigilantes, associated with Hindutva groups. Three people were arrested for the lynching.
All held in the case are out on bail.