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1 arrested for burning 2 youths alive on suspicion of cow-smuggling

A community panchayat was conducted in Bharatpur to address the matter of the youths who were burnt in Rewari, Haryana.

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February 17, 2023, 7:50 pm

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Two youths who were allegedly burnt alive.

JAIPUR: The alleged incident involving the burning of two youths from Rajasthan’s Bharatpur on suspicion of their involvement in cow smuggling has become a heated topic of discussion.

A community panchayat was conducted in Bharatpur to address the matter of the youths who were burnt in Rewari, Haryana. Along with residents from numerous villages in Bharatpur, Zahida Khan, Minister of State in the Rajasthan Government, also attended the event.

During the minister’s presence, the family and community reached an agreement on the compensation amount and the last rites. However, the family refused to perform the last rites soon after the minister departed. They explained that the government’s offer of Rs 20 lakh each as compensation was insufficient.

Prior to this, a three-hour-long community meeting was held. Subsequently, Minister Zahida announced that the police had apprehended one of the suspects. According to the Gopalgarh police in Bharatpur district, Rinku Saini, one of the accused, has been arrested. A case of assault and kidnapping was lodged at the Gopalgarh police station on Wednesday, and now the charge of murder has been added to the case.

During the Panchayat held on Friday morning, it was agreed that the families of the deceased would receive Rs 20 lakh each as compensation. The minister had also stated that the last rites of the two youths would be conducted on the same day. However, the family is now insisting on an increase in the compensation amount to Rs 51 lakh each, in addition to demanding a government job for a family member and the immediate arrest of the suspects.

When the bodies of the two youths arrived in Ghatmika village (Bharatpur) on Thursday night, chaos erupted. The family claims that Junaid (35) and Nasir (28) were driving their Bolero on Wednesday morning when they were stopped and attacked, resulting in their deaths.

Following the attack, the suspects handed over the victims, who were in a vulnerable state, to members of a right-wing organization. The suspects, on suspicion of cow-smuggling, proceeded to burn both the victims alive and their Bolero. The charred remains were discovered on Wednesday night near Loharu village in Bhiwani.

First published: February 17, 2023