Police have arrested 11 persons in connection with lynching of a cattle smuggler in Nahan on October 16.
Sirmaur superintendent of police (SP) Soumya Sambasivan said the accused were arrested from Zirakpur
in Punjab on Wednesday night. The accused were brought under tight security to Nahan on Thursday.
Those arrested are Arun Bhandari, Vinay Kumar, Akshay Thakur, Pankaj Sharma, Arun Kaushik, Vikas, Anshu and Tarun Dutt. Mohan Singh, Joginder Singh and Ajmer Singh have been held for sheltering the accused. The SP said the accused were staying in one room and were not directly in contact with their families. Joginder Singh was managing the stay of the accused, said police.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has accused police of harassing Hindu activists and arresting innocent people in the alleged lynching case.
Demanding suspension of Sirmaur district police chief’s, VHP activists submitted a memorandum to the government. The right- wing organisation is demanding a high-level probe into the incident. “The district police chief is being unnecessarily vindictive towards persons engaged in protection of cows,” claimed VHP state organisational secretary Manoj Kumar. “We have urged the government to immediately suspend the SP and order an impartial probe into the entire incident, he added.