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Hapur Lynching: Cops seen in picture showing Muslim man being dragged transferred

Friday June 22, 2018 8:33 PM, News Network

Hapur Lynching

Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Thursday transferred the three policemen seen in a photo showing a Hindutva mob dragging a Muslim man after having lynched him on rumours of cow slaughter in Hapur district.

The UP Police while ordering a probe also apologised for what it termed as the "unintended yet undesirable acts" of the policemen seen escorting the Hindu extremists dragging the Muslim man in the viral photo.

“We apologise for the incident. All the three policemen seen in the picture have been transferred to Police Line and an enquiry has been ordered. The picture seems to have been taken when the Police had reached the spot to shift the injured to a Police Vehicle & because of the non-availability of an ambulance at the moment the victim was unfortunately carried that way", the UP police said in a message posted by the Director General of Police headquarters on Twitter.

“Admittedly, the policemen should have been more sensitive in their conduct. The humane concerns got ignored in the urgency of saving a life and maintaining law and order. As is clear from the other picture, the victim was rushed to the hospital by policemen in a UP 100 PRV", the UP police statement titled, “We are Sorry for the Hapur Incident. Law & Order incidents often lead to unintended yet undesirable acts", said.

Two Muslim men, 45-year-old Qasim and 62-year-old Samiuddin, were mercilessly assaulted by a violent Hindutva mob on Wednesday in Hapur, about 70 kms from national capital Delhi. While Qasim, the man being dragged in the photo died in hospital, Samiuddin has sustained serious injuries.

Muslims are being routinely lynched and targetted in India ever since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister after the BJP won the 2014 General Elections. In an order issued last year, the Supreme Court of India had directed the centre and the states to take action against those taking law in their hands. The governments at the centre and in the states however have so far failed to follow the SC directives.

Cow slaughter in India is banned since 1976. However, the BJP and other Hindutva extremist groups are accused of raising the issue every now and then for political mileage and communal polarization.

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