Finally the Left parties along with civil rights groups have decided to protest the killing of Pehlu Khan in Alwar,Rajasthan by cow vigilantes.
It will be recalled that 55-year-old Pehlu Khan and four others, including his two sons, were beaten brutally by some locals at Behror who suspected they were smuggling cows.
Khan was not a cow smuggler but a dairy farmer who went to Jaipur to buy milch buffaloes in hopes of increasing milk production during the month of Ramzan. He had the required papers which he showed to the vigilantes before they beat him to death
Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan demands SIT
Bhoomi Adhikar Andolan (BAA), has decided to organize a mass dharna in front of Parliament on April 19, 2017 to demand setting up of a special investigation team (SIT) under the direct supervision of Supreme Court to probe the role of the police and the Sangh Parivar in the conspiracy which led to the murder of Pehlu Khan in Alwar early this month.
Cow has become a symbol of communal extremist politics under the Modi raj.”
Especially criticizing the Rajasthan Home Minister Gulam Chand Kataria’s for siding with “criminal elements” by justifying the lynching, BAA said, “The Narendra Modi Government has equated the victims with the culprits and miserably failed to ensure justice on such a sensitive issue.”
“Anybody can kill any person and get scot free in Rajasthan if he shouts slogans of Sangh Parivar”, BAA said, adding, “Cow has become a symbol of communal extremist politics under the Modi raj.”
‘Cow protection’ laws are an infringement on rights of peasantry on cattle trade.”
“Such laws virtually ban the cattle trade with dire consequences on rural agrarian economy”, the Bhumi Adhikar Andolan said.
Demands compensation to the victims
The BAA which is a conglomeration of many groups fighting for land rights, said, “The state government has not announced any compensation to the victims.”
BAA demanded that the Vasundhara Raje government of Rajasthan must provide Rs 1 crore as compensation to the bereaved family of Pehlu Khan and Rs 25 lakhs each to the other victims.