The men said their attackers allowed their driver -- Arjun -- to leave. (Representative image,source: Flickr) Photograph: (Others)
Pehlu Khan and four other men were attacked. Police said all five of them had to be hospitalised
A 55-year-old man died from his injuries Monday, two days after he was allegedly attacked by gau rakshaks (cow protectionists) for transporting cows in Alwar, Rajasthan, the Indian Express reported.
Pehlu Khan and four other men were assaulted even after they showed their attackers papers stating that they had bought the cows -- which they said were milch cattle -- police told the Indian Express.
“Gau rakshaks affiliated with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal stopped four vehicles, near Jaguwas crossing on National Highway 8, on Saturday evening, alleging that they were illegally transporting bovines. These vehicles were coming from Jaipur, and were headed towards Nuh district in Haryana,” Ramesh Chand Sinsinwar, SHO, Behror police station told The Indian Express.
Sinsinwar told the Indian Express that five of the victims had to be hospitalised.
The Indian Express also spoke to 22-year-old Azmat, who was with Khan in the pick-up truck.
"I had bought two milch cows for Rs 75,000, and I had all the valid documents with me. We were not even trying to hide the cows, as we were taking them in a pick-up truck. At around 6 pm on Saturday, the gau rakshaks stopped our vehicle and asked us our names. They allowed our driver, Arjun, to leave," Azmat told the Indian Express.
“I told them I had all the documents but they pulled us out of the vehicle and beat us up. They took away Rs 35,000 from me. I later lost consciousness and woke up in a hospital at around 1 am on Sunday,” he added.
Police told the Indian Express that the gau rakshaks were booked for culpable homicide, destruction of property, and other charges.
After Khan's death, they have also been booked for murder.
The men attacked were booked too, under the Rajasthan Bovine Animals (Prohibition of Slaughter & Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act, 1995.