This is Modi’s ‘New India’; Rahul on Alwar lynching

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Srinagar: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Monday blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “brutal New India” for the recent lynching in Alwar in Rajasthan.

Criticising the delay by policemen in taking the victim to hospital, The Indian Express quoted Gandhi saying, “This is Modi’s brutal “New India” where humanity is replaced with hatred and people are crushed and left to die.”

Akbar alias Rakbar was lynched on Friday night on suspicion of being a cow smuggler in Alwar. His associate Aslam who was transporting cows on foot along with him managed to escape.

“While Aslam managed to escape, unknown locals beat him (Akbar) up with sticks which led to serious injuries on his arms, legs and all over his body. He then collapsed and we took him in our police jeep to Ramgarh CHC where doctors declared him dead,” the FIR states.

“The police took over two and a half hours to get Akbar to a hospital barely 4 km away from the lynching spot. The police arranged for vehicles to take the seized cows to a shelter, washed Akbar, questioned him briefly on the spot and even stopped for tea before getting him to the hospital, where he was declared brought dead,” The Indian Express report quoting witnesses said.

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