It took Alwar police more than three hours to travel 6km while taking a critically injured victim of lynching, Rakbar Khan, to the nearest hospital, the Community Health Centre (CHC) in Ramgarh, on Saturday. Rather than save the life of the 31-year-old youth allegedly lynched by cow vigilantes on Friday night, the two cows recovered from him seemed to have been the police’s priority. The cows were taken to a gaushala 10km away a good one hour before Khan was brought to the CHC, dead.
According to the health centre’s OPD register, a copy of which is with TOI, Khan was brought in at 4 am. The FIR says police were alerted about the attack at 12.41am by a ‘gau rakshak’, Naval Kishore Sharma. Ramgarh police said a team reached the lynching spot within 15-20 minutes. However, the police on Sunday were hard-pressed to explain what took them so long to bring the victim to the CHC.
The FIR, though says police rushed to the spot and that Khan was taken to the hospital immediately. While the FIR registered by assistant sub-inspector Mohan Singh says the victim had identified himself as Rakbar Khan, son of Suleman Khan, a native of Kol village in Mewat, the OPD register says the police brought an “unidentified” person at 4 am.
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