Ranchi: Jharkhand witnessed another lynching. This time of a Muslim youth, in Kharsawan on June 21, the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Jharkhand to participate in International Yoga Day event.
The mob who captured one Tabrez Ansari alias Sonu, in the allegation of theft and tied him with an electric pole. The video of the incident shows that mob asked his name and when he said Sonu, they abused him and asked real name. As soon as Sonu, said Tabrez, mob chanted Jai Sri Ram and pounced on him, and beaten him brutally.
Later, they left him, when he was brought to hospital, Tabrej succumbed to his injuries during treatment.
Superintendent of Police Chandan Kumar Sinha, confirmed the lynching and told eNewsroom, “I have joined here yesterday only and informed about the incident verbally. One accused have been arrested so far, while three to four persons have been named and many unnamed accused too mentioned in the FIR.”
However, while it has been reported that Tabrej was a Welder and used to work outside. He had come to his home to celebrate Eid.
But Superintendent of Police said, “There were two more persons with Tabrez and they had stolen a bike. When mob chased them two other escaped and Tabrez got caught.”
When confronted that whether victim was an accused or not, mob could not take law in its hand and could not kill anybody, the SP added that yes he should not be killed.
Tabrez became 13th person, who got lynched in Jharkhand, since 2016. The last one was a tribal Prakash Lakda who was beaten to death on April 10 for skinning dead Ox. While most remain Muslims, and got lynched over suspicion of beef eating or for cattle trading, some got killed over allegation of theft too.
Since 2015, a large number of lynching cases have taken place in BJP ruled state particularly in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Haryana and Jharkhand.
Significantly, in June 29, 2017 when Alimuddin Ansari of Ramgarh was lynched, same day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had condemned the killings in the name of cow worshiping. But it continued in Jharkhand and in other states too.
To stop lynching cases, Supreme Court has also issued orders in this regard, but the incidents are continued.