While Lutyens’ Delhi sheds copious tears every time a proven cattle smuggler like Umar Khan, Rakbar Khan or Pehlu Khan is lynched, the exponentially higher incidents of farmers, villagers and even policemen being killed by the ruthless cattle smuggling mafia are blithely ignored.
On Saturday night, smugglers murdered farmer Naresh Saini with sharp-edged weapons while stealing his two buffaloes and one calf. The crime occurred in Barwala area of Hisar, Haryana, as per this Amar Ujala report.
Naresh is survived by his wife, 5 daughters and 2 sons. He had taken the 25 acre farm on rent from one Ashwani Jawa, and was living there along with his brother’s family. They would work on the farm during the day and at night Naresh used to sleep in the field to safeguard the crops.
On Saturday night too, he was sleeping on a charpai outside the small room he had constructed in his field. Two buffaloes and a calf were tied adjacent to that room. When the cattle thieves arrived, it is suspected that Naresh woke up and resisted for which he was murdered.
The next morning his dead body was found by another villager who informed his family. Naresh had deep cut wounds on his head, throat and shoulders. The cattle were missing.
The buffaloes were each worth INR 50-60K, and the calf around INR 15-20K, which means the poor farmer’s family has suffered a loss of over Rs. 1 lakh, apart from losing their sole bread-winner.
A case under IPC 460 (house-trespass where death or grievous injury is caused) has been lodged based on the complaint filed by the deceased’s brother Jaibhagwan Saini.
The Amar Ujala report further adds that another farmer had been murdered by cattle smugglers in similar circumstances in the same area in Dec 2017. In that incident, 32-year-old farmer Indrapal was shot dead by the smugglers in village Sahu of Uklana area. Police had arrested those responsible 11 days later from Saharanpur, UP – Faizan, his brother Afzal and Ehsan.
Earlier this month, another villager, Devilal, watching over cattle at night was murdered by an inter-state cattle smuggling gang in Gwalior, MP. 6 members of that gang were later arrested by police – Monu Khan (23), Amjad Khan (19), Ishtiaq (22), Munabbar Khan, Wahid, Ramniwas.
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