New Delhi, August 13: The Supreme Court on Monday asked Meerut Inspector General of police to submit a report with respect to the Hapur lynching incident and ensure protection to the witnesses in the case. The apex court fixed the matter for further hearing on August 28, news agency ANI reported.

The survivor of Hapur lynching had filed a plea seeking  cancellation of the bail of the accused and transfer of the case outside Uttar Pradesh. He had also demanded court-monitored Special Investigation Team for probe. The plea alleged that police had registered a case of road rage under milder penal provisions. It also referred to a minute-long video that had surfaced on social media to highlight the issue that it was a case of mob lynching and not of road rage as registered by the Hapur police.

Earlier this month, four accused in the case were granted bail . However, they told the court that they had no role in the attack. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra had earlier said that the case required urgent hearing after the Uttar Pradesh Police had said the case wasn’t one of lynching but of road-rage.

In June, 38-year-old Qasim was lynched and 65-year-old Shamsuddin was severely injured in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district after a group of people attacked them on suspicion of being involved in cow slaughter.