Cow vigilante Monu Manesar, who was booked by Rajasthan Police for the murder of two Muslim men in February and also accused of inciting violence in home state Haryana, was arrested Tuesday, officials said. He was handed over to Rajasthan Police after it obtained a transit remand for him from a court in Haryana’s Nuh. The arrest was made by the Nuh police, reportedly in Gurugram’s Manesar.
The police said a pistol, three live bullets and a mobile phone were seized from Manesar.
Nuh Police said it informed neighbouring states and districts about the arrest, following standard procedure.
Nasir, 25, and Junaid, 35, who were residents of a village in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur district, were allegedly abducted by cow vigilantes on February 15. The next day, their bodies were found inside a car that had been set ablaze in Loharu in Haryana’s Bhiwani.
“Our colleagues in the Haryana Police have informed us that Monu Manesar has been detained. After their legal procedures are complete, we will begin our procedure,” Mridul Kachawa, superintendent of police of Bharatpur in Rajasthan, had said earlier in the day.
Monu Manesar’s advocate Som Dutt Sharma said that Rajasthan Police had lodged FIR against him due to political vendetta and also based on false facts. He also said that there had been delays in the lodging of FIRs. He further said, “He has been sent to judicial custody till September 26. He will be produced before the court again. The case has been wrongly registered against him.”