Hapur lynching case: Supreme Court directs Police IG Zone to supervise the investigation

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Inspector General of Police of Meerut zone in Uttar Pradesh to directly supervise the probe into the lynching of a Muslim man by a mob in Hapur.

A bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said the officer will also act in accordance with the apex court’s earlier order pertaining to mob lynching. The bench also compromises Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud .

The court was hearing a plea for a court-monitored Special Investigation Team probe into the lynching of Qasim, a cattle trader, in Bajhera village in Hapur district on June 18. In August, while hearing the plea of a survivor in the case, the court had asked the IG Meerut to submit a report on the entire incident.

“The investigation in the case will be carried on under the direct supervision of the IG of Meerut range,” the bench ordered, fixing the matter for further hearing after two weeks.

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.

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