New Delhi: Union minister Jayant Sinha sparked a political storm by welcoming eight men who were convicted in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand with a garland after they were released on bail on Thursday.
After the incident came to light, the opposition launched a scathing attack on the BJP-led government of instigating communal tensions intentionally. Led by the BJP state OBC morcha chief Amardeep Yadav, all the eight convicts were taken to the residence of the Union Minister where they were garlanded.
Sinha represents the Hazaribagh seat in Lok Sabha. On 29 June last year, a mob of more than 100 cow vigilantes had hacked 55-year old cattle trader Alimuddin alias Asgar Ali to death in Ramgarh area of Hazaribagh district.
.@jayantsinha suppose to be among most educated Minister in the PM Modi’s cabinet, openly supporting those who killed innocent people for no reason. Do they have no work to show except playing politics on dead bodies and dividing society?https://t.co/Gvw1l8EPWI
— Dr Ajoy Kumar (@drajoykumar) July 6, 2018
https://twitter.com/INCJharkhand/status/1015258987858522112Sinha had questioned the sentencing and had demanded a CBI inquiry in April this year. “We respect the judicial process. But I firmly believe that complete justice has not been done,” Sinha had told HT.
This was the first cow-vigilantism related case in the country in which the accused were convicted.