Alwar police snatched 51 cows belonging to a Muslim family

ALWAR: As many as 51 cows belonging to a Muslim family have been snatched, allegedly by the police and handed over to a village gaushala, following complaints from Hindu activists.

The incident happened over a week ago in Alwar district of Rajasthan and since then the family which belong to the Meo community has been struggling to get back its flock.

According to Times Of India reports, 45-year-old Subba Khan alleged that police forcibly took away his 51 cows and handed them over to a nearby gaushala after receiving complaints from a group that Khan was into cow smuggling.

For the past 12 days, the family approached several government offices and the police station to get their flock back but continue to face disappointment.

The police distanced itself by refuting the allegations and said that the villagers drove the cow to the gaushala.

The incident came to light just six months after a 55-year-old dairy farmer, Pehlu Khan, belonging to the Meo community was lynched by a mob of self-styled cow vigilantes or ‘Gau Rakshaks’ over suspicion of carrying beef.

“If Meos are targeted like this, the state government should bring in some law banning the Meo community from keeping cows as pets,” Sher Mohammad, the Sadar (head) of Meo Panchayat told TOI.

The incident happened a day after a group of self-appointed cow vigilantes thrashed brutally a disabled driver and other four men in Haryana’s Faridabad on a suspicion of carrying a cow meat.