Alwar (Rajasthan): Three accused, who were arrested for lynching Rakbar Khan to death on the suspicion of being a cow smuggler, have been charged with murder in the chargesheet filed by the police. No cop, according to the TV reports, has been named in the chargesheet. After taking Khan in the custody, the Alwar cops had allegedly stopped for tea before deciding to take grievously injured Rakbar should to a hospital for treatment.
The high-level team, which has been probing the role of police in the Alwar lynching case, had earlier said that there was an error in judging what was important at that particular time. “We have no information yet of the victim being thrashed in custody but yes prima facie we have found that there was indeed an error in judgment in deciding what was important at that point,” NRK Reddy, Special DG on Police role in Alwar lynching case, had said in July.
Soon after it was revealed that there “was an error in judgment on the cops’ part as to what was important at that particular time”, the Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) was suspended and three constables were sent to district lines.
The lynching incident was reported to the police at 12.41 AM, they reached the spot by 1.15 or 1.20 AM, and took Khan to the hospital only at 4 AM in the morning. All the while, a report said, Khan complained of the pain. Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria had also slammed the police force saying it was evident the police took three hours to take Rakbar to a hospital. “After investigating we have found out that the cows were first dropped off at the gaushala (shelter). They shouldn’t have done that,” he said.
Rakbar Khan (28) was lynched to death in July by suspected cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar district. Khan, a resident of Mewat in Rajasthan, was transporting the animals to his village along with another man when they were stopped by a group of villagers near Lalawandi village in Alwar. When the cops reached the site, they found Khan lying in the mud.