Supervise Probe In Hapur Lynching Case: SC To Hapur IGP [Read Order]

Supervise Probe In Hapur Lynching Case: SC To Hapur IGP [Read Order]

The Hapur lynching case took a new twist today when the Supreme Court directed IGP of Meerut range to supervise the ongoing probe and directed him to follow the guidelines it issued in a recent judgment on how to deal with such incidents.

One person was killed and another brutally assaulted allegedly in the name of protecting cows.

Samiuddin and 45-year-old Qasim Qureishi were assaulted at Hapur on June 18 by a mob allegedly by cow vigilantes. While Samiuddin survived, Qureishi succumbed to his injuries.

"...it is directed that the investigation shall be carried on under the direct supervision of the Inspector General of Police, Meerut Range. The concerned Inspector General of Police shall take steps in accordance with the judgment rendered by this Court in Tehseen S. Poonawalla vs. Union of India & Ors., (2018) 9 SCALE 4", said the bench

Lawyer Vrinda Grover for victim Samiuddin, said  “a false FIR of road rage, instead of mob lynching, was registered by the police. The probe needs to be transferred from state police to a Special Investigating Team”

“Samiuddin was the survivor of the incident but his statement was not recorded at the time of filing of the FIR”, she said.

The bench, which perused the report filed by the police in a sealed cover over the probe in the case, fixed the plea for hearing after two weeks.

Aishwarya Bhati, Additional Advocate General of UP, informed the court that the state government had taken swift and instant action in the matter by ordering the transfer of the SHO concerned and appeals have also been filed challenging the bail granted to the accused in the case.

She said currently the probe was being conducted by the SHO of Pilkhuwa Police Station of Hapur district under the supervision of the Superintendent of Police and would be completed in 60 days.

Read the Order Here