Assistant sub inspector Mohan Singh was suspended, while four constables were sent to police lines for alleged negligence in taking 28-year-old Akbar Khan alias Rakbar who was beaten up by a group of cow vigilantes to hospital in Alwar district.
The action was taken after the state government formed a committee of senior police officers to probe the matter. The probe committee members reached Ramgarh police station in Alwar on Monday. Meanwhile, the union home ministry has sought a report over the incident from the Rajasthan government.
A mob of cow vigilantes had beaten up Akbar alias Rakbar, a resident of Nuh district in Haryana, after they saw him with some cows in Lalawandi area near Ramgarh in Alwar district two days ago.
A villager informed the Ramgarh police when he saw Akbar being beaten up. A police team led by ASI Mohan Singh arrived at the spot. Instead of taking Akbar who was lying on the ground with serious wounds to a hospital, the police team brought him to the police station and kept him there for almost three hours. The team members even stopped at tea stall to have tea on the way. It is alleged that the delay caused in getting medical attention to Akbar claimed his life. There were reports that Akbar was beaten up at the hospital, however, police officials denied this.
ASI Mohan Singh allegedly admitted that he made a mistake by not rushing the victim to a hospital immediately. There were reports that the men who beat up Akbar were members of a right wing Hindu organization.
Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria said that an impartial probe had been launched into the incident and those found guilty wouldn’t be spared. The Congress in Rajasthan demanded a CBI probe.
First published: July 23, 2018