Rajasthan's Home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said on Wednesday the vigilantes had "done a good job by protecting cows from smuggling".
At least six more people were injured when the truck was attacked by around 200 Hindu vigilantes, who police are still trying to identify. The postmortem was conducted yesterday, SHO Behror, Ramesh Sinsinwar, said. "I later lost consciousness and woke up in a hospital at around 1 am on Sunday", Azmat, 22, one of the injured victims travelling with Khan, said.
She claimed that Khan and others had documents of the purchase of animals from Jaipur which they produced before the police.
Police said that others, who were attacked, were either undergoing treatment in hospital or had been taken in judicial custody. "Members of VHP, Bajrang Dal and Hindu Jagran Manch thrashed them near Behror in front of the police", she alleged, while demanding action against the police officials.
India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) recently ordered the closure of abattoirs operating without licenses across several states, a move seen as alienating the country's Muslim population.
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However, the police have even booked the transporters under the Rajasthan Bovine Animals (Prohibition of Slaughter & Regulation of Temporary Migration or Export) Act. One should respect and protect the holy cow.
"We had lodged an FIR against the gau rakshaks under IPC Sections 143 (unlawful assembly), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint), 147 (destruction of property), 308 (culpable homicide) and 379 (theft)".
Gangs of "cow protectors" have been implicated in killing at least 10 people in the past two years as the welfare of the animal has become an increasingly charged issue in Indian politics.
Last week, Modi's home state of Gujarat raised the sentence for cow slaughter to life imprisonment.
Police are investigating and have seized vehicles but no arrests have been made. I told them I had all the documents but they pulled us out of the vehicle and beat us up.
ANI had report that Khan was among the 15 Muslims from Haryana's Nuh district who were attacked by cow vigilantes over suspicion of smuggling cows in Rajasthan.