A large number of people from different walks of life, including members of Muslim organizations, held protest marches in Jaipur and New Delhi demanding the arrest of Ummar Khan’s killers and condemning govt’s apathy towards rising incidents of murder in the name of cow protection.
Raheem Khan | Caravan Daily
JAIPUR/ NEW DELHI — Hundreds of people from different walks of life held protest demonstration in Jaipur and New Delhi on Wednesday demanding arrest of the killers of dairy farmer Ummar Khan and monetary compensation to his family.
Under the banner of newly-formed Sanyukt Sangharsh Morcha, hundreds of people including Ummar’s family and leaders of Muslim organizations took out a protest march in Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. Holding placards with demands and anti-cow vigilantism slogans depicted on them, people marched under the shadow of armed police personnel and heavy contingent of Rapid Action Force. They had planned to march till the office of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje but were stopped midway.
Bharatpur native Ummar and two of his co-villagers Tahir and Jabir were returning home from Ramgarh with a few cows when their pick-up vehicle was waylaid in Alwar and they were attacked with firearms. While Ummar, 42, died on the spot, Tahir and Jabir managed to flee while bleeding from the bullet wounds. The attackers later took Ummar’s body and put it on a railway track, 15 kms from the site of the attack. They did so to destroy the evidence of the murder and to show his death as an accident. Though Ummar’s body was crushed, the parts wherein bullets had pierced remained intact. Tahir and Jabir also later told Ummar’s family about the attack.
The ‘Peace March’ was led by Convener of Sanyukt Sangharsh Morcha Sawai Singh. Besides Ummar’s family, eminent figures who took part in the demonstration included Sumitra Chopra from CPI-M, Mohammad Nazimuddin and Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Siddiqui, secretaries of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, former Congress MLA Zahida Khan, SIO secretary Mohammad Abid and Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind Rajasthan vice president Hafiz Manzoor.
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Condemning the incident and cold response of the state government, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) reiterated its demands that “for justice to Omar (Ummar) and his associates, the case be transferred to the SIT or CBI for fair and just investigation”.
People contribute to help the victim’s family
Even five days after the incident, the state BJP government did not announce any compensation to Ummar’s family. The cold attitude of the government pushed the community to collect help for the family which has a pregnant widow, eight children and elderly parents.
On behalf of the Sanyukt Sangharsh Morcha, its convener Sawai Singh gave Rs 50,000 in cash to Ummar’s uncle and promised to provide Rs5 lakh more.
Protest at Rajasthan Bhawan in New Delhi
Scores of people including students, civil rights activists and common people held a protest demonstration at the Bikaner House (Rajasthan Bhawan) in New Delhi on Wednesday. Like in Jaipur, heavy contingent of armed police personnel and riot police were deployed at the site to control the protesters.
The protesters were shouting slogans against the Rajasthan government and cow vigilantism.
“The Alwar incident was yet another link in a series of communal incidents which have erupted since the BJP Govt has come to power in the centre and state, and have caused the minority Muslim community to live in constant fear of their lives,” said Dinesh Kumar, Delhi State Committee Member of Krantikari Yuva Sangathan(KYS), one of the organizers of the protest.
Ummar’s Family Allows Autopsy
Ummar was shot dead in Alwar on Friday morning but the incident came to light on Sunday. Since then, his family had set arrest of killers and announcement of compensation as preconditions for the autopsy. On Tuesday, Police arrested two of the accused and they have reportedly confessed to the crime.
Following the arrest, the family has allowed the autopsy which is being conducted this (Wednesday) evening.