Popular Front of India Chairman E. Abubakcer has welcomed the judgment by a fast track court (FTC) in Ramgarh which awarded life imprisonment to 11 of the 12 Sangh Pariwar men convicted in Alimuddin Ansari’s lynching that took place in Jharkhand last year.
The judgment is a ray of justice and a relief to poor people who still live under the threat of criminal gangs formed in the name of cow protection called Gorakshaks, associated to Sangh Pariwar. Increasing number of mob lynching incidents by these gangs has created an atmosphere tantamount to lawlessness in the country and the state of Jharkhand witnessed several such incidents in recent months. The central government policies like beef ban and restrictions on cattle trade provided the criminals the moral support and impunity to commit any such act on innocent people. Mostly poor Muslims who find their living from cattle trade or dairy farming were the victims. A situation was created that anyone can be publicly lynched merely on the accusation of carrying beef, regardless of whether it is true or false. It is the first time the accused is punished with life imprisonment in a lynching case. The judgment is a warning to the cow vigilantes. It will help restore people’s faith in justice delivery system. We appreciate all those who worked for ensuring justice to Alimundhin Ansari.