Satna lynching: Citizens’ team seeks independent probe 

Bhopal: A prominent citizens’ team has said there could be a conspiracy behind the lynching of two men in Maihar of Satna district on May 17, in which one man died and the other was grievously injured, as they were suspected to be cow slaughterers.

The fact finding team that went to ground zero on May 27 has said the role of Bajrang Dal in the incident should be investigated. It has also demanded an independent probe under court supervision.

The report was recently submitted to authorities including the chief minister, chief secretary and the DGP for action, Javed Anis, a member of the team told DB Post.

However, DGP Rishi Kumar Shukla told DB Post, that he hasn’t yet received the report, but the team is welcome to discuss the issue with him.

The incident: The report quoting the police says, ‘Siraj Khan and Shakeel Ahmed, residents of Chhiparhati in Maihar, were beaten up by a mob on May 17 near village Amgaar of Maihar, after allegedly being caught slaughtering cattle.’

Fact-finding team wants to know…

  • Why were the deceased Siraj and injured Shakeel booked for cow slaughter without waiting for the forensic report on the recovered animal remains?
  • Why did the villagers first report the incident to local Bajrang Dal activists instead of police?
  • Amgaar villagers claimed two to four cattle disappeared every night on average in the 10 days prior to the lynching incident. Why was no police complaint filed?
  • The spot where the two men were lynched is near the village. Would they have taken the risk to slaughter cattle in such a location?