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In Rajasthan, dairy farmers live in fear

first_imgYet another instance of cow vigilantism, involving the alleged lynching of a Muslim dairy farmer, Rakbar Khan, 31, in Alwar district of Rajasthan on the night of July 20 led to nationwide outrage and prompted both the Central and State governments to take urgent measures to control the situation.What happened?Rakbar and his friend Aslam were herding two cows on foot through a forest area in Ramgarh’s Lalawandi village, when a group of villagers stopped and attacked them around midnight on the suspicion that they were smuggling the cows to their native village in Haryana. While Mr. Aslam managed to escape, Rakbar sustained severe injuries and died on the way to hospital.The incident comes just over a year after another dairy farmer, Pehlu Khan, was lynched by a mob near Behror in Alwar district on April 1, 2017. Pehlu Khan and four others were transporting cows in vehicles to Nuh district in Haryana when they were stopped and assaulted. In another incident, a mob killed Umar Khan near Govindgarh in November 2017.What did the govt. do?After the quick arrest of three accused, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria visited the spot of the alleged lynching, met Rakbar’s family and promised a fair probe and an initial ex gratia of ₹1.25 lakh. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar and the Waqf Board also announced assistance of ₹5 lakh and ₹3 lakh respectively to the victim’s family.Mr. Kataria admitted that Rakbar had died in police custody and there was a delay in taking him to hospital, as the policemen first made arrangements for taking the cows recovered from him to a ‘gaushala.’ For this “error of judgment,” an assistant sub-inspector was suspended and three policemen were sent to the Police Lines.Four inquiries were instituted in the case in four days, and the investigation was shifted from Alwar to Jaipur. The government’s swift response seems to have been guided by political compulsion and pressure from the Opposition, as the Assembly election is due later this year in Rajasthan.How is Rakbar’s village coping?There is a palpable fear and unease in Rakbar’s native village, Kolgaon, situated in the Ferozepur Jhirka region of Haryana. Rakbar’s family, comprising his wife and seven children, faces a bleak future with no permanent source of livelihood. The Meo community inhabiting the region, which has been rearing cows for dairy occupation for several generations, feels that it is being targeted. A huge panchayat held at Kolgaon on July 29 by the Rakbar Insaaf Committee, comprising about 40 prominent people from five villages, sought a Supreme Court judge-monitored investigation into the alleged lynching, ex-gratia of ₹50 lakh for the family of the victim and the arrest of BJP MLA from Ramgarh Gyan Dev Ahuja on charges of criminal conspiracy in the case. Activists and family members also believe that a “deliberate attempt” is being made to shift the blame on to the police and let the lynch mob escape.The accused arrested so far are reportedly affiliated to the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).What lies ahead?With civil rights groups demanding that both the Rajasthan and Haryana governments chalk out a plan for protection of dairy farmers in the Mewat region, the ruling BJP in these States has a task cut out to deal with both alleged cow smugglers and mobs. The extortion rackets being run in the garb of cow vigilantism are now under the police radar. Besides making attempts at communal harmony, the police are finalising the chargesheet to be filed in Rakbar’s case. The police in Alwar district are also in the process of identifying miscreants after examining their criminal record. Jaipur range Inspector-General of Police V.K. Singh says this will be followed by preventive measures, including arrests, to stop the recurrence of violence.last_img read more

Live from the capital

first_imgSpectators cheer for India at the World Cup opening match between India and BangladeshWhen you can hear the neighbour’s cheers and fireworks on the streets, you know that the cricket fever is on. The ICC World Cup has taken the ‘eat, drink, breathe’ cricket mantra to just another level. “And why not?” says Pratik Luthra, a Delhi University post graduate student. “With India co-hosting the World Cup (with Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), the big tournament is even bigger. I want to cheer loud and cheer along with others for our team. The ultimate high would be if India could win the World Cup.”Delhi’s restaurants and hotels are also game. Plenty of offers and entertainment being thrown in to ensure that you have a ball while you watch the pitch. Giant LCD screens, cricket-themed interiors and menus being some of the highlights.” It seems that everyone wants to ride the ongoing cricket frenzy. One is spoilt for choices of venues of hotels and bars to watch the cup action and party with a group of friends and family,” says cricket enthusiast and entrepreneur Bharat Sahni.Shangri-La’s Island Bar has been converted into a mini stadium. “The decor of the bar resembles a stadium with huge screens, historic World Cup images on the wall, miniature stadium lights lighting up the place and small flags of the participating nations on the tables,” says assistant manager Arpana Pradhan of Shangri-La, Eros Hotel.To please your palate while you watch the live action on big screens, the menu has been customised to make for a delicious World Cup experience. India Grill at Hilton Garden has a special menu worked up which includes cricketer’s favourites.”We have interesting names for the dishes too,” points out executive chef Avinash Handoo, India Grill. “Mahi’s Helicopter (fried prawns served with cocktail dip) priced at Rs 380 and Master Strokes named after Sachin’s favourite salt and pepper fish priced at Rs 325 are some of the star dishes.” Howzzat, a cricketthemed bar has special pricing going on its beer buckets and cocktails to draw the crowd.It’s not just the restaurant scene which is geared up for the big battle but fashion is playing its part too. Though that doesn’t mean you can wear the team India jersey to work. Fashion designer Raghavendra Rathore suggests the right elements of blue. “Denim jeans paired with a well-fitted blue lenin shirt for men and stylish blue kaftan tops for women,” he says.No doubt, ICC championship is going to be a big party. So join in the fun and let the game begin. Delhi’s fantastic fourVirendar Sehwag: Our natural boundary-hitter has done his homework and is prepared for the big battle. -Former cricketer Atul WassanGautam Gambhir: He’s a quality player, and captain material for the team. Gambhir and Sehwag bridges the gap between the senior players and India’s next generation of cricketers. -Sports commentator and presenter Gautam BhimaniAshish Nehra: He’s a wonderful person and a good team player. He’s not blessed with a great body but he doubles his efforts to make up for it. -Delhi cricketer Akash ChopraVirat Kohli: He represents the new age cricketer and is someone who has shown great potential even as a captain of the under-19 team. -Gautam BhimaniHot on the world cup menuIsland Bar: Shangri-La,Eros Hotel, 19 Ashoka Road, Connaught PlaceIndia Grill: Hilton Garden Inn, SaketKeya: 122-124 DLF Promenade,Vasant KunjHowzaat: Galaxy Hotel, GurgaonBlues Cafe and Bar: N-12,Connaught PlaceBar Zen: Courtyard by Marriott, Plot No.27 B,Sector Road, GurgaonUrban Pind: N Block,GK-1, Kailash ColonyF bar and Lounge: Ashok Hotel, ChanakyapuriThe Metropolitan Hotel: Bangla Sahib Road, Connaught PlacePepper: Forte Grand,Akbar Bhawan, ChanakyapuriT.G.I. Friday’s: DLFPromenade,2nd floor,Vasant KunjCheer in styleICC World Cup tees, caps, and much more. From: Big Bazaar Price: Rs 199 onwards.Watch the game in style. From: Fossil Price: Rs 5,495-7,995.Headwraps for a chic cricket fan. From: Noise Price: Rs 299.Get your personalised team India t-shirt. From: Myntra.com Price: Rs 895.Spring summer collection inspired by cricket. From: Nike Price: 795 onwards.Accessorise you World Cup look. From: Satya Paul Price: Rs 1,495 onwards.advertisementlast_img read more