Ranchi, March 17: Eleven persons have been convicted by a fast-track court in Jharkhand over the killing of Alimuddin Ansari, a meat trader, by cow vigilantes last year on suspicion of carrying beef.
According to the Indian Express report, a trial court held guilty 11 of the 12 accused, including a district BJP leader and at least three members of the local “gau raksha samiti”.
The quantum of punishment will be announced on March 21, the court said in its order.
Prosecution officials stated this was possibly the first case in recent years when a lynching by cow vigilantes has ended in conviction by a trail court.
With all the accused in jail, the defence lawyer said they would approach Jharkhand High Court against the verdict.
Welcoming the judgement, Ansari’s son, Shahzad Ansari, said: “We are very happy with the decision. Those who did this got what they deserved. We hope that the higher courts uphold this decision. We are also happy that the decision has come in a short time”, The Indian Express quoted.
The 55-year-old Ansari was beaten to death on June 29, 2017, just a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi publicly spoke against those taking the law into their hands in the name of “gau raksha”.