BJP leader, Nityanand Mahto arrested in Ramgarh in connections with lynching of Alimuddin alias Asgar Ansari, a Muslim trader, who was thrashed by the mob of nearly 100 people for allegedly carrying “beef”. People stopped him near Bajartand village and brutally attacked him, police sources said. His van was set on fire too.
The lynching happened on Thursday, the same day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had given a stern message to cow vigilantes during his Gujarat visit. Modi invoked Mahatma Gandhi to slam those involved in violence in the name of protecting cows.
Mahto, who is the BJP’s Ramgarh district media- in-charge, claimed innocence, saying he had visited the spot after the police arrived to take stock of the incident, and demanded a fair investigation into the matter.
The police had also detained a member of Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) of Ramgarh district for interrogation but released him later due to lack of evidence, police sources said.
On the arrest of saffron activists, state BJP’s media in-charge Shivpujan Pathak said the party will not defend anybody, but added that all the accused had the right to a fair trial.
The main accused Chottu Rana, who was seen beating Alimuddin with a stick repeatedly in a video, surrendered before the court, Ramgarh superintendent of police, Kaushal Kishore said.
On Friday, police had formed a special investigation team (SIT) under deputy superintendent of police (DSP) and constituted four teams to nab the accused.
The criminal investigation department (CID), headquarters, also formed a special team to assist the SIT in Ramgarh.
“We have sought arrest warrants against seven other accused named in the FIR,” said Ramgarh deputy development commissioner (DDC) Sunil Kumar.
The cases of Cow Vigilantism have rapidly increased over the past few years due to Government’s ignorance. The Prime Minister has finally broken silence over the issue but any solid action is yet to be seen.