New Delhi, Aug 13: The Supreme Court on Monday will hear the plea of the survivor of Hapur lynching. He is seeking a court-monitored Special Investigation Team probe, the cancellation of the bail of the accused and transfer of the case outside Uttar Pradesh. Four accused in the case were granted bail earlier this month. They reportedly told the court that they had no role in the attack. (Also read: Sole Witness Contests Police Version)
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.
Samayuddin had alleged that contrary to the fact mentioned in the FIR registered by the police, which claimed the June 18 lynching was triggered by a road accident, the mob attacked cattle trader Qasim for alleged cow slaughter. He said the attack played out before his eyes when he and his neighbour, Hasan, had gone to the farm to get fodder and were taking a break to smoke.
An accused had appeared nonchalant about the killing. He claimed he had the support of the police because of the government. “Warna police paksh mein nai rahti agar Azam Khan baithaa huaa rahta,” he said. Azam Khan was a minister in the previous Samajwadi Party government. Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh police had to apologise over a photograph which showed one of the victims being dragged by people in front of cops. The three cops in the photograph were suspended. Further, a probe was been launched into the incident.