Bajrang Dal activists killed my husband, says widow of Jharkhand man ‘lynched for carrying beef’
Ramgarh (Ranchi): Though overwhelmed by grief, Mariam Khatoon is clear about who killed her husband. “They were rogues owing allegiance to Bajrang Dal,” alleged an inconsolable Khatoon, referring to the killers of her husband Alimuddin aka Asgar Aki lynched in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district on Thursday over the suspicion of carrying beef.
In between being consoled by a steady stream of neighbours flooding her modest family home on Friday, Khatoon denied police claims that her husband traded in beef. “He was into coal trading. He was the only earning member of the family,” she said.
Forty-five-year-old Alimuddin died after being assaulted by a mob hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Gujarat warned cow vigilantes to not take the law in their hands. “Killing people in the name of protecting cows is unacceptable,” Modi said.
Pictures circulating on social media showed people hitting Alimuddin with meat pieces strewn on the road and his car in flames.
Alimuddin of Manuwa village in Ramgarh some 50km from Ranchi was reportedly carrying four sacks of meat weighing around 200kg. Police rescued him from the mob but he died soon after being admitted to a hospital.
He left behind six children, three daughters included, besides his widow.
Angry and grief stricken in equal measure, Khatoon demanded that her husband’s killers be shown no mercy. “They deserve a similar treatment. Jail is not the place they deserve. They need to be sent to hell,” she said.
Relatives and other residents of the village with 350 households, mostly Muslims, shared her anger. Alimuddin’s sister-in-law, Abida Khatoon, blamed the police for patronising and protecting Bajrang Dal activists. ‘They are targeting and killing Muslims while police are deliberately looking the other way. We want the culprits to be produced before us. Women of our locality would decide what to do with them,” she said.
Though the village had turned into a veritable fortress with heavy police deployment a day after the lynching, locals said they had no faith in the police. “We don’t believe in police anymore. Now, we will find the culprits and avenge our brother’s death to satiate our anger,” a villager said. — (Hindustan Times)
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