Is lynching becoming a trend, ask villagers after man killed in Rajasthan's Alwar

Thirty-year-old 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.

Published: 22nd July 2018 05:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2018 09:47 AM   |  A+A-

A distraught Asmeen, the widow of Rakbar, is consoled by her neighbours as her children look on.

Express News Service

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. 

Rajasthan police present the two men arrested in connection with the
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“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.

Akbar Khan

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.


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  • Jhakkar

    Lynchistan is Modi's new India
    3 years ago reply
  • Sunil Ji

    modiji Bharat This what he wants his country to Progress towards Hell. Hai Ram Ram. Even Gandhiji will roll his head in Shame a repeat of 1947 partition under fekuji.
    3 years ago reply
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