Rakbar Khan died in cop custody, says Rajasthan home minister

Alwar: Rajasthan’s home minister on Tuesday confirmed that the evidence gathered in the case suggested a custodial death. Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that the investigation in the case is underway and admitted that instead of taking the victim to the hospital, policemen first took cows to a shelter.

“The policemen should have taken the victim to a hospital and ensured he got treatment, but instead took the cows to a shelter. This was wrong and we have already suspended four policemen,” Kataria said.

Promises judicial inquiry and compensation

Kataria condemned the police apathy saying that a thorough probe has been ordered into the incident. Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that the state government has taken steps to get a judicial probe conducted.

Rakhbar Khan

He also said an initial compensation of Rs1.25 lakh had been ordered for the family of the deceased. On the lines of the Pehlu Khan’s lynching case, the state government has ordered a compensation of Rs1.25 lakh to Rakbar Khan’s family. Further compensation will be provided based on the recommendations of the district legal committee, he added.

Rakbar Khan, 29, was beaten by a mob of cow vigilantes in the early hours of Saturday on suspicion of cow smuggling. He later died as policemen took more than three hours to take him to a hospital. Khan died soon after at a hospital in Alwar.

What happens in case of custodial death

  • In cases of custodial death, a committee constituted at the district level takes decisions regarding compensation to the family members of the deceased.
  • A sessions judge normally heads such a committee.
  • ‘We have written to the additional chief judicial magistrate to initiate a probe,’ state home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said.


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The man attacked by a mob of cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar died of shock after suffering injuries all over his body from a ‘blunt weapon or object’, a post-mortem report has said. Rakbar Khan, the mob victim, also had a lot of blood in his chest and had suffered multiple fractures, according to the report. Rakbar died of shock as a result of his injuries.

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As a group of ministers examines ways of preventing mob killings, RSS leader Indresh Kumar has offered his own antidote. ‘If the sin of cow-killing ends, then this problem will be solved,’ he suggested. ‘In Mecca and Medina killing cows is a crime. Can’t we vow not to kill cows, to free humanity of this sin? If this happens then our problem of mob lynching will be solved.’

Will bring law against lynching if needed, says Rajnath Singh

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said the central government is taking the incidents of lynching ‘very seriously’ and might bring a law, if necessary, to stop it. ‘I want to make it clear that we are not just concerned but have taken lynching incidents very seriously. We will also bring a law if that is required,’ Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha.

[box type=”shadow” align=”aligncenter” class=”” width=””]Twitter laughs at Modi for gifting cows to beef-eating Rwanda¬† Modi, who is currently visiting Rwanda as part of a three-nation tour to Africa, has promised to gift 200 locally-sourced cows to a village in the country under the ‘Girinka scheme’. Rwanda consumes beef regularly, while in India, certain states have banned its consumption. So, coming at a time when incidents of beef-related mob lynching have been in the news in his own country, the irony of Modi’s gesture wasn’t lost on twitterati.[/box]