SIT Formed To Investigate Lynching of 2 Tribals in MP Over Alleged Cow Slaughter
The police had arrested 13 people on the charge of murder in Madhya Pradesh's Seoni district.
A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed on Saturday, 14 May, to investigate the deaths of two tribal men, Dhansha Inawati and Sampat Wati, who were allegedly lynched by 15-20 men in Madhya Pradesh's Seoni district earlier this month.
The incident had occurred in the Semariya village under Kurai police station limits.
An FIR was registered at the time under Indian Penal Code Sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (unlawful assembly), 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), and Section 3 (2) (v) of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The police arrested 13 people after the incident on the charge of murder and remanded four others for inquiry.
'Tribals Were Lynched by Right-Wing Groups in Police Presence': Victims' Kin
"There were 15-20 members who caught these tribals with cow meat. Instead of informing the police, they took action on their own and beat them up. Two lost their lives after they were beaten up," said Superintendent of Police (SP) Seoni Kumar Pratik.
The SP added that the police also confiscated 10 kg of cow meat.
On asked whether the accused were members of the Bajrang Dal or other right-wing groups, the SP said that the police could not confirm until all the accused were arrested and the investigation was completed.
The kin of the victims had claimed that the tribals were beaten up in the presence of the police.
An eyewitness had also claimed that those who were involved in the lynching had connections with the Bajrang Dal or the Ram Sena.
The police, however, did not confirm the claims of the victims' kin.
Umesh Joga, Inspector General, Jabalpur range, claimed that the allegations of the accused belonging to Bajrang Dal and other right-wing groups couldn't be verified and were under investigation.
"We can't verify whether those arrested were associated with any group. Our prime focus now is to ensure that the deceased get justice. We are not concerned whether those involved belonged to any group or not," Joga said.
(With inputs from ANI.)
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