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Jayant Sinha wants CBI probe in Ramgarh lynching case in which 11 were convicted

On March 21, the court had awarded life imprisonment to 11 cow vigilantes, including a local BJP leader, for lynching 55-year old Alimuddin alias Asgar Ali for carrying what they claimed was beef in his vehicle last year.

india Updated: Apr 07, 2018 23:18 IST
Vishal Kant
Vishal Kant
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Union minister Jayant Sinha during the budget session of Parliament in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Union minister Jayant Sinha on Saturday demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the Ramgarh lynching case of a Muslim trader, raising doubts over the police investigation, in which a local court convicted and awarded life sentence to 11 people last month.

On March 21, the court had awarded life imprisonment to 11 cow vigilantes, including a local BJP leader, for lynching 55-year old Alimuddin alias Asgar Ali for carrying what they claimed was beef in his vehicle last year.

Addressing media after releasing the party’s manifesto for the April 16 urban local body polls in Ramgarh, which is part of his Lok Sabha constituency Hazaribag, Sinha said legal help would also be provided to the convicts.

“We respect the judicial process. But from whatever I have gathered after consultations and studying the various facets (of the case), I firmly believe that complete justice has not been done. I am not a police officer, and I have not done a detailed inquiry, but as per my understanding, complete justice has not been done. I consulted senior lawyers and also took advice from the party (BJP) on the matter. I have decided to write to the (Jharkhand) chief minister (Raghubar Das), requesting him to recommend a CBI probe,” the minister said.

The court of additional district judge Om Prakash held guilty all the accused under Section 302 (murder) and other offences of the IPC, making it the first case in the country in connection with cow vigilantism and related violence in which the accused were convicted. The BJP-ruled Jharkhand witnessed a series of lynching of Muslim cattle traders in the months of May and June in 2017. 

First Published: Apr 07, 2018 23:18 IST