A 20-year-old Kashmiri Muslim was beaten to death by a gang of self styled cow vigilantes on the intervening night between Monday and Tuesday in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir, police and his family said.
“Aijaz Ahmad Dar was taking his cattle from one place to another when a group of anti-social elements waylaid and beat him which led to his death,” Jahangir Ahmad, a police officer at Rajouri Police Station told Clarion India over phone. “It appears to be a communal incident because the accused are cow vigilantes.”
The police has filed a case of murder against the culprits and launched a manhunt to nab them.
According to the victim’s cousin Mudasir Nazar, Aijaz and another person had left home on Monday evening to bring a buffalo in a mini truck from another village.
Nazar said that as Aijaz and his driver left with the buffalo after having dinner there they were waylaid by the group of cow vigilantes who attacked them with stones. They had tried to escape but when they hit a speed breaker on the road near a BSF camp, the goons pelted stones on the vehicle and forced them to stop.
“I think they had bashed his head with a rod or a stone which caused his death.” said Nazar. “The driver somehow managed to escape.”
The family got to know about the incident around 3 in the morning on Tuesday.
Aijaz succumbed to his injuries at Government Medical College Jammu on Tuesday.
A video that has surfaced on social media shows Aijaz’s head smeared with blood including bruises on eye and face.