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    Ramgarh lynching case: Jharkhand HC grants bail to 8 out of 11 murder accused

    Date : 05/07/2018

    The Jharkhand High Court has granted bail to eight out of the 11 persons (including the four main accused) who had been sentenced to life imprisonment by Fast Track Court Additional District Judge II Om Prakash for the lynching of Alimuddin alias Asgar Ansari, on the grounds of having no substantial evidence against them.

    Ansari was lynched to death by a 200-strong mob in Ramgarh on June 29, reportedly based on suspicions that he was carrying beef. The mob of cow-vigilantes was led by allegedly lead by Nityanand Mahto, district president of BJP IT cell, and members of a right wing Hindu group. He was reportedly carrying about 200 kg of meat in his van when he was attacked. His car was also set on fire. Police intervened, but Ansari succumbed to his injuries after being taken to a hospital.

    In videos of the assault that did the rounds on social media, the assailants were seen beating Ansari with pieces of meat while his car was on fire in the background.

    Out of the crowd of approximately 200 that participated in the lynching, 11 accused were identified and put on trial. In a landmark judgement, a trial court in Jharkhand on March 16, 2018, convicted all 11 people accused in the murder case. The case was argued bravely by HRLN advocate Shadab Ansari and his team from our Jharkhand unit. This is the first time anyone has been convicted in cow protection violence anywhere in India.

    All of the accused were convicted under IPC Section 302 (murder). Three of them were also convicted under Section 120B (conspiracy), indicating that the court was convinced that the attack was pre-planned.

    Earlier, the High Court, led by Justice Anando Sen, had rejected four bail applications filed on behalf of persons accused in the incident that took place on June 29th, 2017. HRLN advocate Md Shadab Ansari and advocate Raju Hembrom had argued in favor of rejection of bail to the accused on behalf of the wife of the deceased.

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