Union Minister Jayant Sinha Garlands Eight Convicted Of Lynching

Published : 8 July 2018 6:30 AM GMT
Union Minister Jayant Sinha Garlands Eight Convicted Of Lynching

Jayant Sinha, Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation has felicitated eight men In Hazaribagh, convicted in the lynching of a meat trader Alimuddin Ansari that happened in Ramgarh in June last year. All eight men are on the bail granted by the Jharkhand High Court. Father, Yashwant Sinha slams son for garlanding the men.

According to The Hindu, the eight men after getting bail went to visit the minister, who garlanded them. They were taken to the minister’s house by a local BJP leader Amardeep Yadav. It is also revealed that Jayant Sinha had “provided legal and monetary assistance to the men”.

After the photographs of Jayant Sinha started to emerge on the social media. The minister responded to the backlash. He further condemned violence and rejected vigilantism in the country.


Father condemn the act

Yashwant Sinha, A Former Senior Leader of BJP and Jayant Sinha’s Father, has condemned his son’s act. He said that he does not “approve his son’s action” in a tweet:

The leader of opposition in Jharkhand and former Chief Minister Hemant Soren tweeted in a stinging swipe,


The incident

The incident happened last year on June 30 when a mob of 11 people including a BJP functionary Nityan Mahato, lynched Alimuddin Ansari on suspicion of carrying 200 kgs of meat in his van. The videos of the assault were circulated, and the convicts were seen beating up Ansari. His car was also set ablaze, The Wire informed.

A fast-track court convicted all 11 of them to life imprisonment. The High Court later quashed the decision.

According to the Wire, The case again came to limelight in October 2017 after a witness’s wife was killed in a road accident outside the courtroom. Unidentified men on a bike murdered the witness Jalil Ansari, (Alimuddin’s brother), his wife Sulekha.

Earlier Sinha, also had also tweeted, supporting the move by the High Court, which quashed the life imprisonment sentence of the eight men.

As per a report published in The Indian Express, 27 people have been killed in lynchings in 9 states, in the last one year.


Also Read: Maharashtra: This Youth And His Uncle Saved Five From Getting Lynched


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