New Delhi, June 23: In another shocking incident of mob lynching , a Muslim man was attacked by a Hindu mob in Kharsawan district of Jharkhand on the suspicion of theft on June 18. He was beaten up mercilessly for over 18 hours before being handed over to the police. He succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital on June 22. The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari.
Several videos of the Jharkhand mob lynching have gone viral since the incident. In one of the videos, a man is seen hitting Tabrez Ansari with a wooden stick as the latter begs him to let him go. Another video showed Tabrez being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”Tabrez’s uncle Maqsoon Ansari, said that his nephew had died inside the jail but the police sent his body to the hospital to protect themselves.
The deceased’s wife, Shaista Parveen, was quoted as saying, “My husband had sustained injuries in head. But police did not provide him proper treatment which led to his death.”
Local SSP S Karthik told media that Tabrez was caught by villager on suspicion of theft adding that he condition deteriorated during the custody of police and he died during the treatment. “His relatives produced a video after his death alleging that he was physically assaulted by villagers. We’ve registered a case based on the complaint filed by his relatives. We’ve also arrested one accused in the case.”
Jharkhand has had history of Muslims’ lynchings under the BJP government. In 2017, four people were lynched to death on suspicion of being child-lifters. Last year, a lower court in Jharkhand had sent 11 Hindutva terrorists to jail for life for killing one Alimuddin Ansari.