In a breakthrough, Kanpur police have received a five-minute long video footage of the alleged lynching of a 42-year-old Muslim man by a mob, which accused him of being a Pakistani terrorist. The officials are trying to ascertain the identity of assailants while they are yet to identify the deceased victim even a week after the incident.
The man was lynched by a mob at Jana village under Maharajpur police station in Kanpur last Sunday. Ten persons, including prime suspect Raj Kumar, have been arrested in the case so far. They are lodged at Kanpur district jail.
On Wednesday, woman from the village staged protest in Kanpur alleging that police have falsely implicated few “innocent persons” in the case. They also demanded that case against “such innocent” persons should be withdrawn.
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Protesters had alleged that two of the arrested persons are innocent and were not present in the village at the time of the incident.
Circle officer, Kanpur, Amit Rai, who has been assigned the inquiry, said they are cross-checking the footage in the five-minute long video to ascertain the identity of persons involved in the crime.
The prime accused, Raj Kumar, who reportedly instigated the mob, could not give any fruitful information on how he came to know that victim was Pakistani terrorist and had come to Jana village to seek shelter, the CO said.
Station officer, Mahrajpur police station, Akhilesh Kumar said the video was provided by a local youth who shot it during the incident.
Kanpur police are also looking for two more persons – Deepu Nishad and Rohit. Both are still on run.
Meanwhile, the Kanpur police are also working to ascertain the identity of the victim.
A detailed report of the victim has been to the Station Crime Record Bureau (SCRB) seeking any information. Pamphlets have been distributed and put up in several seeking information about the victim.