By Muslim Mirror News
Ranchi: Union minister Jayant Sinha welcomed 8 killers of Alimuddin Ansari and garlanded them after they were released on bail on Thursday.
All of them are convicts in the Ramgarh lynching case in Jharkhand and they are out on bail.
It has triggered a political storm as the opposition accused him and the BJP of fanning communal tensions deliberately.
The life sentences handed to the eight men, including BJP functionary, was suspended by the high court and they walked out of the Jai Prakash Narain Central Jail and headed straight to the residence of Sinha, where the minister garlanded them. The convicts were led by local BJP leader Amardeep Yadav, who is also the OBC Morcha president of the party.
Lashing out at the minister, Former Jharkhand CM and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Hemant Soren told that it was a very sensitive issue and what Sinha did was absolutely unbecoming of a union minister.
Jharkhand state Congress Chief Ajoy Kumar accused BJP of fanning communal sentiments as the Raghubar Das government in the state and Narendra Modi government at the Centre failed to deliver on their promises.
A mob of more than 100 cow vigilantes had on June 27 last year hacked cattle trader Alimuddin Ansari to death in broad daylight in Ramgarh area of Hazaribagh ditrict. Sinha represents the Hazaribagh seat in Lok Sabha.
The gruesome lynching had shook the nation and the case was handed over to a fast-track court, which on March 21 this year completed the hearing in a record five months and sentenced eleven accused to life imprisonment.
However, Jayant Sinha had questioned the manner in which the police investigated the case and demanded a CBI inquiry in April this year.