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Jharkhand: Fast-track court to try Ramgarh lynching case

A frenzied mob on June 29 lynched a Muslim trader allegedly for carrying beef

india Updated: Aug 11, 2017 18:29 IST
Bedanti Saran
Bedanti Saran
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
Muslim organisations protest lynching of a trader from the community for allegedly carrying beef in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh.
Muslim organisations protest lynching of a trader from the community for allegedly carrying beef in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh. (HT File Photo )

Jharkhand high court on Friday constituted a special fast- track court for day-to-day trial in the Ramgarh lynching case.

A frenzied mob had lynched a Muslim trader, Alimuddin Ansari aka Asgar Ali, allegedly for carrying beef on June 29 at Bazartand in Ramgarh town, about 45 km from the state capital.

The mob comprising some Bajrang Dal activists had also set ablaze Ansari’s vehicle, a Maruti Van, after killing him.

“On state government’s request, the Jharkhand high court constituted a special fast track court presided over by additional district judge Om Prakash to try Ramgarh lynching case on day-to-day basis,” said Ambuj Nath, registrar general of the high court.

“This is probably for the first time in the country that a special court is constituted to try a mob lynching case,” he added.

The incident had occurred hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned cow vigilantes against taking the law into their own hands and condemned violence perpetrated in the name of protecting the bovine considered holy by many Hindus.

The BJP-ruled Jharkhand had witnessed a series of lynching of Muslim cattle traders in the months of May and June.

The issue also rocked the parliament with several opposition leaders questioning the government’s seriousness in taming the frenetic mobs.

Facing criticism from all corners, chief minister Raghubar Das warned officer-in-charge of police stations that they would lose their jobs if any case of mob lynching was reported from their area.

The special investigation team formed by the government to probe the Ramgarh lynching case have so far arrested 12 persons, including a BJP leader Nityanand Mahto.

“Investigation is still continuing. We are going to file charge sheet very soon against all the 12 persons, including the five named accused in the FIR, arrested in the case,” said Ramgarh superintendent of police Kishore Kausal.

“We are determined to bring the case to finality at the earliest,” he added.

First Published: Aug 11, 2017 18:28 IST

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