Latehar: Local court has convicted all the eight accused in the Latehar lynching case guilty of murder on Wednesday. The court will pronounce quantum of punishment on Thursday, December 20.
In the second case of mob violence, the local court has held the culprits guilty in Jharkhand. On 18th March 2016, Imtiyaz Khan,12, and his father’s business partner Mazloom Ansari, 32, were beaten to death by a gang of so-called cow vigilantes as they were taking eight oxen on foot in Latehar district in Jharkhand. Their bodies were later found hanging from a tree.
The victims were small-time cattle trader and they used to buy and sell cattle from small village fair and were running their livelihood.
Earlier the victim’s family had claimed that the mob lynching was a pre-planned case and not a spontaneous incident.
In April this year, findings of an independent investigation collectively carried out some civil society organisations and rights activists were released at the Press Club of India in New Delhi. The report claimed that there were at least three eyewitnesses to the double murders and chilling post-mortem reports, yet the police allegedly weakened the case and consequently, all the eight accused were released on bail.