Jaipur, July 24: Rajasthan Home Minister GC Kataria on Tuesday said that Police wasted time in sending the cows to cow-shed, they have taken Alwar Lynching victim Akbar alias Rakbar to the hospital first.
“It was not the duty of the police to send cows to cow-shed first, they should have taken the injured to the hospital first. They wasted time in sending the cows to cow-shed”, he told media.
The state Home Minister further stated that efforts could have been made to safe Akbar.
Akbar, a resident of Haryana and was transporting two cows along with an associate, Aslam Khan, when a group of people allegedly stopped them on July 20. While Rakbar was brutally beaten on suspicion of cow smuggling and Aslam managed to escape.
According to police and hospital records, the incident was reported to the police at 12.41 am on Saturday. Police reached there at 1.15 am, but they reached the Ramgarh Community Health Centre (CHC), which is nearly 4 km away from Lalawandi, with Khan at 4.00 am,
On Monday Rajasthan Police suspended Assistant Sub-Inspector Mohan Singh for the undue delay in taking Akbar to the hospital.
The decision was taken after a video purportedly showing ASI Mohan Singh, who was posted at the Ramgarh police station, admitting to his “mistake”, went viral.
“Mere se galti hogai…kaise bhi maan lo..saja de do ya chhodh do…seedhi si baat hai(I made a mistake…punish me or pardon me…it is simple and straight),” the ASI could be heard purportedly saying in the viral video.
Rajasthan DGP OP Galhotra yesterday constituted a team of senior police officials to investigate the matter.
The committee comprised special DGP (law and order) N R K Reddy, Additional DGP (CID-Crime Branch) P K Singh, Inspector General (Jaipur Range) Hemant Priyadarshi and state nodal officer (cow vigilance) Mahendra Singh Chaudhary.
In connection with the incident, three persons- Dharmendra Yadav, Naresh Singh and Paramjeet Singh have been arrested so far.