In a landmark judgement, a court in Jharkhand on Wednesday sentenced 11 convicted Hindutva terrorists to life in jail for killing Alimuddin Ansari in the name of cow.
Last year, a dozen people were lynched in Jharkhand on charges of lifting children and carrying beef.
On June 29, Alimuddin alias Asgar Ansari, 45, was beaten to death near Bajartand village in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district for carrying allegedly carrying beef in a Maruti van.
Judge Om Prakash had found them guilty on March 16 under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting with deadly weapons), 149 (unlawful assembly), 435 (mischief by fire or explosive substance) and 302 (murder). Phone call records had revealed that one of the accused followed Ansari for about two hours on June 29, informed two others about the victim's location, before intercepting him at Bazaar Tand.
The court also directed the district services legal authority (DLSA) to initiate proceedings for ensuring adequate compensation to the victim's family.
The conviction and sentences came after about a year of the incident.
Three of these men are members of a local cow protection committee, according to reports. The prosecution demanded maximum punishment for the convicts but the defense counsel prayed for leniency on the ground that it was their first involvement in a criminal case.
Reacting to the development, Ansari's family said that they were satisfied with the verdict.
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