Hapur mob lynching: key witness alleges police attempts to cover up the facts of the case

New Delhi: Mohammed Samiuddin, a key witness in Hapur mob lynching case has alleged police role in the incident. 64-year-old Samiuddin was undergoing treatment for a month. He was discharged from a private hospital on 14 July. He was beaten up by a mob as he tried to intervene as the mob attacked 50-year-old Qasim, on suspicion of cow slaughter on 18 June, in the village Bajhera Khurd. Samiuddin exposed police’s attempts to cover up the facts of the case.

The Wire quoted Samiuddin as saying “they (the police) haven’t even come to speak to me yet. They never asked me what happened. People have been let out on bail. I can recognise the people who attacked me. But nobody ever asked me all this while.”

Samiuddin’s brother Yasin recounting the tragedy and said that he went to the police station at around 5 pm. “I pleaded with them to tell me where my brother was. Pawan Kumar, circle officer of Pilkhuwa police station, told me first sign an FIR saying that this is a case of road rage, otherwise he said our entire family will be put behind bars for cow slaughter”, he said.