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Jharkhand: Ramgarh Police set up SIT to probe trader’s lynching

The police have arrested eight of the 13 accused named in the FIR. Thursday’s killing was the second attack on Muslim men in a week by cow vigilantes in Jharkhand.

india Updated: Jul 01, 2017 19:26 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Policemen deployed in Manuwa village following communal tension after a Muslim trader was  lynched by mob on Thursday. Eight of the accused have been arrested so far .
Policemen deployed in Manuwa village following communal tension after a Muslim trader was lynched by mob on Thursday. Eight of the accused have been arrested so far .(Hindustan Times)

The Ramgarh police in Jharkhand on Friday set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the alleged murder of a Muslim trader Alimuddin also known as Asgar Ali and announced Rs 2 lakh compensation for his family.

The administration also doled out Rs 20,000 for the burial of Alimuddin, who was lynched on Thursday by a frenzied mob for allegedly carrying beef in his car at Bazartand market of the district.

Ramgarh superintendent of police Kaushal Kishor said an SIT has been constituted under deputy superintendent of police (DSP) to investigate the alleged murder and four teams were set up to nab the accused.

The criminal investigation department (CID), Headquarters, has separately formed a special team to assist the SIT in Ramgarh.

The police have so far arrested eight of the 13 people named in the FIR. The other five accused have been identified and would be arrested soon, administration officials said.

Read more: Man accused of carrying beef beaten to death by 100-strong mob in Jharkhand

“One has been sent to jail. We have sought arrest warrants against seven others,” said Ramgarh deputy development commissioner (DDC) Sunil Kumar.

Inspector General (IG) ML Meena, also in-charge of law and order situation in north Chhotanagpur region, took stock of the situation in Ramgarh district along with other officials. Deputy inspector general (DIG), Hazaribag, Bhim Sen Tuti and senior officers of district administration were present in the meeting.

Meena said, “The prohibitory order in Ramgarh will not be withdrawn until the situation returns to normal.”

The incident happened on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned against mob attacks on cattle traders, beef-eaters and dairy farmers, saying killing people in the name of protecting cows is unacceptable.

Thursday’s lynching was the second attack in June by cow vigilantes in Jharkhand as a 200-strong mob thrashed a 55-year-old Muslim dairy owner and set his house ablaze after a cow carcass was found near his home in Giridih district on Tuesday.

In May, a mob lynched four Muslim cattle traders at a village in Saraikelka Kharswan district after accusing them of being child traffickers.