Srinagar: The death of a 24-year-old youth Aijaz Dar’s killing by lynching in Thanamandi area of Rajouri district in J&K has shocked Jammu & Kashmir’s livestock rearing communities in general and the Gujjar Bakerwal community in particular.
Netizens took to social media to express their sadness and anguish over the killing of Aijaz Dar by a mob when he was returning home with a buffalo in Thanamandi area. Two other livestock rearing men escaped from the clutches of the attackers with multiple injuries.
Former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti while expressing shock over the incident has appealed LG Manoj Sinha to to ensure that culprits are punished & his family is taken care of.
“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. Request Manoj Sinha ji to ensure that culprits are punished & his family is taken care of”, Ms Mehbooba tweeted.
Police said four of the accused had been identified; all of them are absconding still.
Meanwhile, several people held protests in Rajouri and surrounding areas and blamed ‘cow vigilantes’ for victim Aijaz Dar’s death.
Protesters said Dar was the only earning member of his family, which has his ailing father and three sisters.
According to locals, Mr Dar and two others were on way home after purchasing a buffalo from Laam side near Nowshera, and when they reached an isolated place at Muradpur, near Rajouri town, the alleged cow vigilantes attacked them with stones and sticks.
Injured, the three were taken to Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu, where Aijaz succumbed to injuries, it was informed. The condition of the other two persons is reported to be stable.
Deputy Inspector General of Police, Rajouri-Poonch range, Vivek Gupta, along with the Deputy Commissioner and the SSP pacified the protestors with assurance that the accused persons named will be arrested. Four of the accused have been identified and special teams have been formed to nab them at the earliest, a senior police officer said.
Social activist and spokesperson of Gujjar Bakarwal Youth Welfare Conference, Guftar Choudhary, tweeted, “…Only bread earner of a poor family killed by goons last night while he was going back home with a buffalo. How many families will become victim of lynching.”