There have been allegations that the victim Rakbar Khan was also beaten up by policemen before they took to a hospital more than three hours after they reached the scene of lynching.
The Rajasthan Police on Monday suspended an assistant sub-inspector and sent three other constables to police lines for the delay in taking Rakbar alias Akbar Khan to a hospital after he was allegedly lynched by a mob of cow vigilantes on suspicion of smuggling bovines, officials said.
Senior officers said the policemen made an error of judgement.
The action was taken after a video purportedly showing assistant sub inspector Mohan Singh, who was posted at the Ramgarh police station, admitting to his ‘mistake’, went viral.
The video surfaced hours after allegations that the Alwar police took nearly three hours to take Khan to the Ramgarh community healthcare centre.
“Mere se galti hogai...kaise bhi maan lo..saja de do ya chhodh do...seedhi si baat hai (I made a mistake...punish me or pardon me...it is simple and straight),” the ASI can be heard purportedly saying in the video.
A four-member committee, constituted by the Rajasthan Police to look into the delay in taking 28-year-old Khan to the hospital, suspended the ASI and shifted three other constables to police lines, Special DGP (law and order) NRK Reddy said at a press conference in Alwar.
“There was an error in the judgement in trying to respond to the situation. The preliminary investigation suggested there was an error in prioritising the situation,” Reddy said.
“There are certain allegations that the local police had beaten up Khan and delayed in taking him to hospital, which are being looked into,” SP (Alwar) Rajendra Singh said.
The incident was reported to the police at 12.41 am on Saturday. Police reached there at 1.15 am, but inexplicably took Khan to the hospital which is just 4 km away from the scene of crime at 4.00 am. There he was declared brought dead, according to police and hospital records.