Referring to the killing of a Muslim man after he was assaulted by cow vigilantes over suspicion of cow smuggling in Rajasthan's Alwar district, Home Minister Gulab Chand Katariya on Wednesday asserted that violation of law in the name of protecting cows was unacceptable adding that a case was registered against the smugglers as well as protectors.
"The cow protectors have done a good job by protecting cows from smuggling. But they have violated the law by beating people brutally," he told ANI.
"The police had stopped few vehicles that were carrying cows. Some of them fled. The cow protectors caught them, drove the smugglers out and beat them," he added.
Katariya further said that the protectors should not have assaulted the men, adding a case was registered against the smugglers as well as the protectors who disobeyed the law.
Earlier, five men were beaten up and their vehicle was vandalised by vigilantes over suspicion of cow smuggling.
The incident took place on April 1 on NH 8. A Muslim man succumbed to his injuries three days after the incident on Monday night.