The Hush Post | 12:40 pm | One-minute read
A 24-year-old man was allegedly lynched by a mob on suspicion of theft in Seraikela district of Jharkhand, who later died. The victim Tabrej Ansari, alias Sonu, was forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’ by the mob.
One person named Pappu Mandal has been arrested and charged with murder, inciting communal hatred and encouraging a mob to attack Ansari.
A day after Ansari’s death, Seraikela Superintendent of Police, Kartik S said, “We are investigating the matter. The exact cause of death can only be ascertained after we get the autopsy report.”
संसद से अब सड़क तक: a story that should make us all hang our heads in shame. Allegedly beaten to death and forced to chant Jai Shri Ram. If this will not shake our conscience to the horrors of the communal poisoning of the mind, nothing will. Hate kills! https://t.co/Hx8D6VBNY6
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) June 24, 2019
Also, Afzal Anis, a social activist in Jharkhand, has said that Ansari died while he was in judicial custody.
The incident took place on the night of June17-18 when the villagers of Dhatkidih village caught Ansari suspecting him to be a motorcycle thief. A video gone viral regarding the incident shows villagers beating Ansari after tying him to an electric pole. He was then handed over to the police.
His wife Shaista Parveen claimed in the police complaint that Ansari was returning from Jamshedpur when Pappu and 100 others stopped him and inquired about the theft.
“He was beaten up by the mob and forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’. He was assaulted throughout the night and then handed over to police in the morning,” her complaint read. Further, she alleged that the police just gave first-aid to him before sending him to jail.
“Ansari was brought to the hospital on June 18. We issued the ‘fit to travel’ certificate to him based on his condition and the police took him away. But on Saturday, he was again brought to the hospital in an unconscious state,” said B Mardi, Superintendent of Seraikela sadar hospital.
Further, Mardi said that his condition was getting out of control and they referred him to Tata Memorial Hospital. However, he was declared brought dead at Tata Memorial Hospital. His body was sent back to sadar hospital for post-mortem and was buried on Saturday night.