NEW DELHI — A magistrate court in Latehar district of Jharkhand on Wednesday convicted all eight accused in the March 2016 lynching case, in which two cattle traders – Mazloom Ansari (32) and Imtiyaz Khan (12) were killed by a group of self-appointed Gau Rakshaks (Cow Vigilantes).
They were sent to jail as the quantum of punishment is to be pronounced later this week.
Among the eight convicted namely- Mithilesh Prasad Sahu, Pramod Kumar Sahu, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Awadhesh Sahu, Manoj Kumar Sahu, Arun Sahu, Vishal Tiwary, and Shahdev Soni, five were arrested and three surrendered earlier but all were released on bail later.
Imtiyaz Khan along with Mazloom Ansari both residents of Balumath town of Latehar district were brutally beaten up to death on March 18, 2016 while they were taking their cattle for sale in a local cattle fair. Killers had later hung their bodies to a tree.
The victims were small-time cattle trader and they used to buy and sell cattle from small village fair and were running their livelihood.
Earlier the victim’s family had claimed that the mob lynching was a pre-planned case and not a spontaneous incident.
This cow related mob lynching in the state triggered a series of such brutal killings across Jharkhand in which several Muslim cattle traders were targeted.