After a Muslim man was allegedly killed by cow protectors (Gau Rakshaks) over suspicion of transporting cow meat in Alwar, the Supreme Court on 7 April, 2017 issued a notice to the Rajasthan Government seeking a reply on the matter within three weeks.
Besides Rajasthan, the apex court also issued notices the to Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, and Jharkhand governments.
The top court's directive came after a petition was filed by activist Tehseen Poonawalla seeking ban on Gau Rakshaks and to probe all incidents of cow vigilantism in these states.
The matter has been deferred to May 3 for further hearing.
Pehlu Khan, and four of his associates were attacked and beaten on 1 April, 2017 on NH-8 while they were on their way to Haryana.
Khan died on 5 April, 2017, following which three people were arrested.
An FIR has been registered and investigation is currently underway in this regard.