Court sentenced 7 years to 4 accused in Rakbar Khan lynching case, questions were also raised on the role of police
Additional District Judge Sunil Kumar Goel convicted Naresh Vijay, Paramjit and Dharmendra under sections 341 and 304 IPC (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder).
A court in Rajasthan’s Alwar district today sentenced 4 people convicted in the 2018 Rakbar Khan lynching case to 7 years in prison. While one person has been acquitted by the court due to lack of evidence. Additional District Judge Sunil Kumar Goel convicted Naresh Vijay, Paramjit and Dharmendra under sections 341 and 304 IPC (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder). On the other hand, the court has acquitted another accused Naval.
What was the matter?
In 2018, Rakbar Khan was lynched by a mob, which reportedly included several cow vigilantes, on suspicion that Rakbar was smuggling cattle.
Aslam and Rakbar were on their way to their village in Bharatpur district with the cows. It was during this period that Rakbar was allegedly killed by the mob. However, Aslam somehow escaped after saving his life.
Questions were also raised on the role of the police
A photograph of Rakbar Khan sitting inside a police vehicle raised questions about the role of the police in the attack. The picture was posted on social media by Naval Kishore, the acquitted accused. who called the police about the attack. Naval Kishore had said that Rakbar was fine before taking him to the police station.
According to NDTV, a female witness had told the channel that the man (Rakbar) was being beaten up and ill-treated by the police in the vehicle.
Following the incident, there was an uproar over the alleged delay by the police in taking Rakbar Khan to the hospital. A judicial inquiry was also ordered by the then Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria – who said that the man could have survived if the police had taken him to the hospital immediately instead of first taking the cows to a shelter.