ALIMUDDIN LYNCHING: 11 COW VIGILANTES INCLUDING BJP LEADER AWARDED LIFE SENTENCE IN JHARKHAND

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Alimuddin, alias Asgar Ansari, a meat trader by profession, was killed by a mob of at least 11, over suspicion of carrying beef in his Maruti van on 29 June last year.

Alimuddin Ansari aka Asgar Ali was lynched by a mob on June 29 at Bazartand in Ramgarh for allegedly transporting beef. Conviction and sentencing of a BJP leader confirms that such mob lynching in the name of cow has not been an act of fringe elements.

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RANCHI — In the first case of bloody cow vigilantism meeting justice in court, 11 cow vigilantes including a local BJP leader were awarded life sentence by a fast track court (FTC) in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand on Wednesday. They were convicted on March 16 for lynching Alimuddin Ansari, 55, in June last year. There were 12 accused in the case including a minor.

Besides convicting and awarding punishment to the accused, Additional Judge-II Om Prakash directed the district services legal authority (DLSA) to initiate proceedings for ensuring adequate compensation to the victim’s family, says The Indian Express.

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In 2017, more than a dozen people, mostly Muslims, were lynched by mob in the name of cow and beef in different states ruled by BJP, including Jharkhand, Haryana, Rajasthan and Assam. Some of the brutal cow lynchings that hit national and international headlines were of Mohammad Akhlaq (Dadri, Uttar Pradesh), Pahlu Khan (Alwar, Rajasthan) and Junaid Khan (Ballabgarh, Haryana).

BJP leader Nitayanand Mahto was Ramgarh district media cell in-charge of the party. His conviction and sentencing in the lynching case establishes the charge that such mob lynchings have not been an act of just fringe elements.

 

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