"The police are investigating the matter and some people have been arrested. I want to make it clear that such activities won't be tolerated in Rajasthan," Ms Raje said. The police have arrested five men for Pehlu Khan's murder. But activists who are holding protests over the issue claim a sixth is yet to be arrested.
The letter from former bureaucrats, including Wajahat Habibullah, Aruna Roy and Harsh Mander, sent on Sunday, had strong words for the state government. Pointing to the tardy action by the state police, it said, "We are dismayed by the acts of omission and commission of the government... including the delay and marked reluctance in arresting those guilty of the act."
"There has been a reprehensible attempt on the part of certain people in authority in Rajasthan as well as in the Union government to deny this horrific incident, or to minimise its gravity. Other authority figures... have made themselves complicit," the letter read.
Widely circulated videos of the attack show the 55-year-old yanked by his neck, thrown to the ground and kicked. After Mr Khan's death, yet another video surfaced which shows a young student arrested for the murder being eulogized by the leader of the cow vigilante group - one Kamal Didi. The saffron-robed president of Rasthriya Mahila Gau Rakshak Dal was heard comparing the teen with freedom fighters like Chandrasekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh.
Last month, the self-proclaimed "gau rakshak" had led a mob to clash with the staff of a hotel in Jaipur, alleging that it was serving beef. The hotel was eventually sealed.
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