Rajouri Youth Lynched By 'Gau Rakshaks', 5 Held

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Srinagar: Police on Thursday arrested five persons in connection with the brutal murder of a youth allegedly at the hands of ‘cow vigilantes’ in the border district of Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

20-year-old Ajaz Dar of Rajdhani Thanamandi was attacked by some persons near Muradpur on June 22 due to which he was sustained injuries and later succumbed, a police spokesperson said. Following this, the police spokesperson said that a case FIR No. 408/2021 under IPC section 302 (murder)/341(wrongful restraint) /323 (voluntary causing hurt)/336(Act endangering life or personal safety of others)/147 (Punishment for rioting)/148 (Rioting, armed with deadly weapon) was registered at police station Rajouri and investigation was initiated.

He said different police parties under the supervision of additional SP headquarters, Vivek Shekhar, DySP Hq - Vinod Sharma and I/C SHO Rajouri - SI Javed Manhas were deputed to search and apprehend the accused.

On June 23, the police spokesperson said four of the accused persons were arrested, while one more accused was held by cops of police station Rajouri.

A Special Investigation Team under the supervision of Addl SP Hq, Rajouri has been constituted for the investigation of this case, the police spokesperson said, adding “Further legal proceedings in relation to this case are going on.”

The killing had evoked sharp condemnation from various social and political parties.

“Shocked to know that a 20 yr old man was lynched to death by cow vigilantes in Rajouri. He leaves behind a paralysed father & 3 sisters. Such things were previously unheard of in J&K,” she tweeted, adding, “Request @manojsinha_ ji to ensure that culprits are punished & his family is taken care of,” former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti had posted on her Twitter handle.

The youth, according to the reports, was beaten to death allegedly by ‘cow vigilantes’ while he was transporting a buffalo to his home in Rajouri district on Monday night. (With GNS inputs)

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