Tied To A Pole, Forced To Chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’; Muslim Man Beaten To Death In Jharkhand
Videos of the attack went viral on social media.
A 24-year old Muslim man reportedly died on Saturday, June 22, after being brutally beaten up by a mob in Jharkhand’s Seraikela Kharsawan district on June 18.
Tabrez Ansari and two others were caught by a mob in Dhatkidih village on suspicion of stealing a motorcycle and other items. While the other two escaped, Ansari was tied to an electric pole by the mob and thrashed for the entire night, The Telegraph reported. The mob also forced Ansari to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”.
Videos of the attack were circulated on social media.
Heartbreaking: 24-yr-old Tabrez Ansari was beaten up by mob on suspicion of theft in #Jharkhand for over 18 hours and was forced to chant Jai Shree Ram. Yesterday he succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. pic.twitter.com/h1sQ6K8qIo
— Bhat Burhan (@bhattburhan02) June 23, 2019
The villagers handed over Ansari to the police on the morning of June 19 and claimed that he fell and injured himself. He was then sent to judicial custody.
On the night of June 21, Ansari’s condition deteriorated. The Telegraph reported, citing police sources, that the jail administration then took him to the Seraikela Sadar Hospital where he died the next morning.
Police claimed that Ansari did not tell them about being beaten up by the villagers. The Indian Express reported that a case had been registered against Ansari under IPC Sections 457 (trespass), 380 (theft), 411 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) and others.
It was only after Ansari’s family showed the police the video clips of the attack, that they registered a case against the attackers and arrested 23-year-old Pappu Mondal who was leading the mob.
Ansari’s uncle Maqsood Alam told The Indian Express, “Let us assume he was caught for theft, but tying him up and beating him for hours and then asking him to chant Jai Shri Ram is shocking. His mistake was that he was a Muslim, otherwise he would have been alive.”
Ansari, who had gotten married a few months ago, worked as a welder in Pune and was visiting home for Eid.