Two weeks after his 51 cows were forcibly taken and sent to a Gaushala that belonged to a local BJP functionary, a sub-divisional magistrate in Alwar district on Monday absolved dairy farmer Subba Khan of the charges of smuggling the cattle for slaughtering.
The SDM also issued the order to immediately return the cows back to Subba Khan.
“No evidence has been found that Subba Khan is a cow smuggler. I have issued orders to Kishangarh Bas SHO Chand Singh Rathore and the management of the gaushala for immediate release of his cattle,” Kishangarh Bas SDM Subash Yadav told. Khan, however, said one of his cows died in the gaushala on Sunday and he won’t take the cattle back unless he is compensated for the dead animal and action taken against people who forcibly took his cattle away.
Acting on a complaint by cow vigilantes, cops from the Kishangarh Bas police station in Alwar district had taken away Subba Khan’s 51 cows from his farm in Bambora village on October 3 and deposited them at a cow shelter run by a local BJP leader Srikishan Gupta in village Shahu Ka Baas. Subba immediately approached the Meo Panchayat (an elected body of Meos) and reported the matter to senior police officers and district administration.
After the case was highlighted, Kishangarh Bas SDM conducted an inquiry and found no substance in the complaint that Subba was a cow smuggler and slaughtered cattle. Sher Mohammad, head of Meo Panchayat, said they will not take back the cows unless an FIR is lodged against those who tried to implicate Khan in a false case. “We want action against SHO of Kishangarh Bas and cow vigilantes who supplied wrong information about Subba Khan. We demand a separate case against Gaushala administration for mishandling the animals,” Sher Mohammad said.