11 get life imprisonment for Jharkhand lynching
After over six months of a lynching by cow vigilantes in Jharkhand, a court in Ramgarh today sentenced 11 persons to life imprisonment.
Earlier this week, a fast-track court had convicted 11 of the 12 accused, including a district BJP leader and few members of the local gau raksha samiti.
On June 29, last year, Alimuddin Ansari was beaten to death in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district.
Alimuddin alias Asgar Ansari was carrying the "banned meat" in a Maruti van. A group of people stopped him near Bajartand village and brutally attacked him, police sources said. His van was set on fire too.
Police personnel rescued him and took him to a hospital where he died during the course of treatment.
Sources confirmed, that while the prosecution sought a maximum punishment for the convicts, the defence counsel appealed for leniency on the ground that it was their first criminal case.
Reacting to the development, Ansari's family said that they were satisfied with the verdict.