New Delhi: Rajasthan police ASI Mohan Singh on Monday admitted that there was a delay of three hours in taking 28-year-old Rakbar Khan to hospital after he was allegedly lynched by a mob on suspicion of cow smuggling. Singh said he had “made a mistake” but denied allegations that the victim was beaten to death in the police station.
The admission comes on a day when the Rajasthan police set up a high-level committee to probe the allegations against the Alwar police. “Charges of delay in taking Khan to hospital and policemen crossing their limits have come to the fore. A four-member committee of senior police officials is in Alwar to enquire into the matter,” state director general of police (DGP) OP Galhotra said.
It will also be probed if the 28-year-old became a victim of police beating on the intervening night of Friday and Saturday. Appropriate action will be taken if any lapses are found in the enquiry report, the DGP said. The enquiry is in addition to the overall probe that has been handed over to an additional SP-rank officer.
While two accused — Dharmendra Yadav and Paramjeet Singh — were arrested on Saturday, Naresh Singh was arrested on Sunday. The three are under police custody for five days, police said.
“There are certain allegations that the local police had beaten up Khan and delayed taking him to the hospital which are being looked into,” SP (Alwar) Rajendra Singh said.
It is alleged that when the incident happened in Alwar’s Lalawandi village, it took over two-and-a-half hours for the police to take the victim to the Ramgarh Community Healthcare Centre, which is nearly 4km away.Khan and his friend Aslam were taking cows to their villages in Haryana through a forest in Alwar’s Ramgarh area when they were accosted by a mob and allegedly attacked. While Aslam managed to flee, Khan was allegedly lynched.As per the FIR lodged with Ramgarh police station on Saturday, Naval Kishore Sharma, the chief of VHP’s ‘Gau Raksha’ cell in Ramgarh,