Hapur lynching: SC directs Meerut IGP to investigate case, submit report

The Supreme Court (SC) on August 13 directed the Meerut Inspector General of Police (IGP) to investigate the alleged Hapur lynching case and to ensure protection to sole surviving witness (Samiuddin) in the same. The SC also asked IGP to file a report on the entire incident within two weeks.

“Issue notice. In the meantime, Inspector General of Meerut range shall conduct an inquiry and submit a report in regard to the incident within two weeks,” the apex court ordered.

The matter is fixed for the next hearing on August 28.

The SC was hearing the plea of a sole survivor in the case, who is seeking a court-monitored Special Investigation Team probe into the matter.

The plea has also sought cancellation of bail granted to the accused, including alleged key offender Yudhishthir Singh Sisodia and also sought transfer of case and subsequent trial outside Uttar Pradesh.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the submission of a lawyer representing Samiuddin, 64, that he along with 45-year-old meat trader Qasim Qureishi were thrashed and brutally assaulted on June 18 by a mob on the pretext that they were involved in cow slaughter and the Hapur police has registered a case of road rage instead of mob lynching. Qureishi died soon after the incident.