Youth arrested in Nahan lynching is innocent, claims VHP

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Oct 26, 2015 16:19 IST

Alleging that the police had booked an ‘innocent’ person in Nahan ‘lynching’ case in Sirmaur district, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Monday submitted a memorandum to the governor seeking his personal intervention.

While claiming that the local arrested for lynching had nothing to do with it and the police had arrested him to shed their own failure, VHP also demanded removal of Inspector General of Police (IGP) south range AP Siddique from the case.

Commenting on it, Manoj Kumar VHP state organisational secretary said, “Some youth are missing from the local areas. First these youth catch smugglers and hand them over to the police and now the police was after them. Instead of rewarding local youth, police is searching for them to be booked for an alleged murder of a cattle smuggler.”

Kumar also accused the police of lying about death of the alleged cattle smuggler. “Postmortem report shows that the cattle smuggler died of cold and other minor injuries. Police failed to provide timely medical aid to the youth and he died,” he added.

He further said, “Not once but several times VHP has submitted memorandums to the government and also complained to the police about cattle smuggling in the state, but to no effect.”

Governor Acharya Devrat however said that VHP had submitted a memorandum regarding cattle smuggling and the Nahan incident. “I will gather more facts from the police and look into the matter,” he said.

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