Jharkhand man, who was forced to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', dies days after the violent assault
Tabrez Ansari is not the only one, 10 people have been targets of hate-crime in 2019. Three people have been attacked since the Lok Sabha polls.
Jharkhand man who was beaten up and forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” died on Saturday. Tabrez Ansari (24) was accused of committing theft and he was caught by a few villagers in the East Singhbhum district. The incident took place on Tuesday.
He was returning along with his two friends from Jamshedpur when he was accused of stealing a motorbike at Dhatkidih village in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, police said.
Ansari was tied to an electricity pole and was brutally beaten up. The video of the act was released on social media after which the incident came to light.
The beating continued the entire Tuesday night and he was found tied to the pole on Wednesday morning by the police. In the police post Ansari agreed to have committed the theft and was remanded to the judicial custody.
Police said on June 21, Ansari was rushed to the Saraikela Sadar (district) Hospital after he complained of uneasiness. The following day, he was referred to the Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur, where he was declared brought dead, they said.
After four days of the incident, and death of the victim, the police managed to arrest one accused in relation to the incident. Villagers have been booked under IPC Sections 302 (murder) and 295 A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings), and others.
The first tenure of Modi government saw a spate of mob lynchings and cow-related violence. Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi hit out at the centre and called this a pattern.
This is the pattern with almost all lynchings. First, a Muslim is murdered by cow lovers. Then the most ridiculous excuses begin: a ‘suspicion’ of beef possession, theft, smuggling & love jihad— Asaduddin Owaisi (@asadowaisi) June 23, 2019
So much for sabka vishwas when we can be killed over mere ‘suspicions’ https://t.co/G8koC1EHc8
According to Indiaspend’s Hate Crime Watch – a project to maintain data of hate crimes in India – 2018 recorded 92 hate crimes, mostly against the minorities. In 2019, the figure stands at 10 (excluding the Jharkhand incident).
Since the last day of Lok Sabha polling, three incidents have been recorded. On May 22, a group of communally charged mob attacked three Muslims – two men and one woman – for allegedly carrying beef. On May 25, two days after the Lok Sabha results, Mohammed Qasim, was shot at in Begusarai, Bihar. According to him, he was asked to go to Pakistan and was shot at the back.
(With PTI inputs)