The Congress government in Rajasthan has come up with this scheme after merging the previous BJP government’s flagship Bhamashah Swasthya Bima Yojana with the Central government’s Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
Speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister alleged that in the Pehlu Khan lynching case, in which all the accused were acquitted, the previous BJP government in the state “deliberately” left shortcomings to “save the accused”.
The decision on constituting the SIT was taken following a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the chief minister’s office on Friday evening, two days after a court in Alwar district acquitted all six men accused of murdering Khan.
On April 1, 2017, Khan and his companions — including his sons — were attacked by cow vigilantes in Alwar for transporting cattle. The incident invited nationwide outrage when Khan died two days after the attack.
The 35-year-old Dalit woman, a mother of four, has accused policemen at a Churu police station of keeping her in illegal custody for seven days, gangraping her, and killing her brother-in-law in front of her.
The woman has said in her statement that the policemen beat her brother-in-law throughout the night of July 6 and that he died after 2am. The police say that they had arrested the man in connection with a theft case.
According to police officials, the brother-in-law of the woman was arrested on July 6 and died the same night in police custody, for which a judicial inquiry is being conducted by an additional chief judicial magistrate.
On Saturday, Inspector General of Police (Jaipur range) S Sengathir told The Indian Express that the cow smuggling chargesheet did name Khan, but given that “a dead man can’t be tried... therefore we haven’t chargesheeted Khan”.
Last week, a 2018 survey released by the Union Home Ministry ranked Kalu Police Station in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district as the best in the country. The parameters included, among other things, crime prevention, community policing and child-friendly rooms.