- Rakbar Khan died after attack in July on suspicion of cattle smuggling
- Police say four people responsible for killing, it was not a mob attack
- Police delay in taking him to hospital after attack also being probed
Three men arrested after the death of a man beaten up in Rajasthan's Alwar on suspicion of cattle smuggling in July were charged with murder by the police on Friday. The police, however, said 28-year-old Rakbar Khan's death was not a case of mob lynching.
The police have filed a 25-page chargesheet that says four men were responsible for the attack on Rakbar Khan on July 20. One of the four accused is yet to be arrested. The three others were arrested from the spot.
The police said that an investigation is pending against two more men including Naval Kishore, a cow vigilante who informed the police about the incident.
Rakbar Khan, a resident of Haryana, and his friend Aslam were transporting two cows to Kolgaon through a forest area when they were attacked them thinking they were taking the animals for slaughter. While Aslam managed survive as he hid in the fields, when the police brought Rakbar to hospital, after a long delay, he was already dead.
The police's role in this case is already being investigated by a judicial magistrate after it emerged that for three hours after the attack, Rakbar was in police custody before being taken to a hospital where he was declared dead. An assistant sub inspector was suspended and three constables sent to police lines for negligence.
"There is a 25-page chargesheet and many supporting documents. There are three main accused Dharmendra Yadav, Paramjeet Singh and Naresh. Against the other accused, the investigation is pending," Ashok Chauhan, a senior police officer in Alwar, said.
The police say there is no evidence to indict other people from the village in the killing.