11 including a BJP leader were convicted and awarded life sentence by a fast-track court in March this year for the killing of Alimuddin Ansari in June last year
RANCHI: The Jharkhand High Court on Friday suspended the life sentence of 8 out of 11 convicts in the Ramgarh lynching case of last year, and granted them bail. At least the family members of deceased Alimuddin Ansari must not be expecting this news exactly on the day of his first death anniversary. On 29th June 2017, Ansari, 55, was lynched by a mob for allegedly carrying beef in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand.
A bench of Justices H.C. Mishra and B.B. Mangalmurti passed the order after hearing the bail petitions filed by Nityanand Mahto, a member of BJP’s Ramgarh unit, and seven other alleged cow vigilantes – Rohit Thakur, Kapil Thakur, Raju Kumar, Santosh Singh, Vicky Saw, Sikandar Ram and Uttam Ram.
BJP leader Nitayanand Mahto was Ramgarh district media cell in-charge of the party. His conviction and sentencing in the lynching case established the charge that such mob lynchings have not been an act of just fringe elements.
These eight were among 11 adults convicted by a fast-track court in Ramgarh on 16th March this year for lynching Ansari at Bazartand in Ramgarh town on 29th June 2017. They were awarded rigorous imprisonment for life on 22nd March. A 12th accused, who is a minor, is being tried in juvenile court.
The conviction and sentencing in the Ramgarh lynching case was probably the first case of an incident of bloody cow vigilantism meeting justice in the court of law. In the last four years, dozens of people have been lynched in different states on suspicion of cattle theft, cow slaughter, beef or child-lifting.