Union Minister Garlands 8 Men Who Lynched Meat Trader On Suspicion Of Carrying Beef

Jayant Sinha's act of garlanding and hand-feeding sweets to convicted cow vigilantes evoked strong criticism, including from his father Yashwant Sinha

Union minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha became the focus of widespread criticism after he felicitated and hand-fed sweets to eight men convicted of killing a Muslim meat trader in Jharkhand on the suspicion of carrying beef. Last year, 55-year-old Alimuddin Ansari was dragged out of his car and beaten to death in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh by a mob, which included a BJP MLA, that accused the meat trader of transporting beef.

Eleven people, including the eight whom Sinha garlanded, were convicted by a fast-track court this year after which Jharkhand High Court released them on bail upon appeal.

The Union Minister justified garlanding the convicted by saying that he was merely ‘honouring the due process of the law’. Sinha earlier claimed that “complete justice” had not been meted out to the men and later demanded that Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das order a CBI inquiry into the case.

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Jayant Sinha’s feting of convicts evoked strong criticism, including that from his father and former Finance and External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha, who tweeted:

Sinha’s move to welcome the convicted cow vigilantes on June 5 into his was widely opposed: