KOLGAON ( HARYANA)/ALWAR(RAJASTHAN): As one enters Kolgaon village in Haryana’s Mewat region, heavy police deployment can be seen. The village majorly housed Muslim families who are either cattle traders, ran dairy business or are farmers.
Thirty-year-old Akbar alias Rakbar from this village was beaten to death on Friday evening, allegedly by some men from the same village who suspected him of smuggling cows. Rakbar’s distraught widow Asmeena, 28, lay on a cot in front of their house, mostly in a state of unconsciousness. Sahira, 10, the eldest of the couple’s seven children, sat near her. At intervals, Asmeena would sit up in the cot, howl her husband’s name, before fainting again.
“We want justice. Rakbar was the sole breadwinner of our family. He has seven children, none of them old enough to work. Who will feed them?” asked Kareeman, Rakbar’s mother-in-law. Locals are mostly intrigued by the heavy police and continuous media presence. Many visited the house of the deceased, inquired about him, and went away. Local MLA Nasim Khan and head of the area’s Muslim community Sher Mohammad too had met the family, expressing solidarity.
“This is quite an unfortunate event. The entire family is ruined, who will take care of their kids? It’s the second such incident, this is becoming a trend. Elders in the village advised us not to protest with the dead body on the main road, but this has to stop. Peace and harmony is important, but at what cost?” fumed Abid Hussain, a youth pursuing LLB from a college in Alwar, Rajasthan.
A hut in front of the house has been quarantined. Rakbar’s body was being cleaned and prepared for final rights here. The room teemed with people trying to get a last glimpse of the deceased.
A passerby remarked that Kolgaon is never going to be same. The incident has entered the name of this place in history now, he said.
The family has a total of four cows, explained Rakbar’s brother Mohammad Tariq. Tariq had met Rakbar in the market on Friday evening, when Rakbar promised him to go fetch the cattle at night. The cow was hesitant to get into the pick-up truck they had arranged and hence, they had decided to walk it for some distance, Tariq rued.