It has been stated that the two men were kidnapped in the past for the crime of illegally smuggling cows.
As a result of the Hindu belief that cows are sacred, the slaughtering of cows is prohibited in many areas of India.
The bodies of the two men were discovered in a vehicle that had been destroyed by fire in the state of Haryana on Thursday morning (26/2/2023), a day after they were reported missing, as stated by AFP.
Both of them are originally from the Indian state of Rajasthan.
A number of states, including Rajasthan and Haryana, have passed legislation that prohibits the killing of cows. Also, the authorities in these areas require that anybody who transports animals across state lines obtain a licence.
The families of the victims have filed a missing persons report with the authorities, naming five members of the fundamentalist Hindu organisation Bajrang Dal as suspects in their disappearance.
According to a statement given to AFP by police officer Shyam Singh, “so far we have caught one suspect and we are looking for the others.”
The man who was arrested was a taxi driver, but he was also involved in a cow rearing group, according to a statement released by the Rajasthan Police.
Some people believe that the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is complicit in attacks against members of the Muslim minority that have been carried out in the pretext of protecting cows.
Source : AFP