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Rahul Gandhi: Tabrez Ansari’s killing blot on humanity. Why were powerful voices silent in BJP-ruled states.
25th June 2019
New Delhi: Calling lynchings a “blot on humanity”, Congress president
Rahul Gandhi on Monday expressed shock over “silence of powerful voices”
after a 24-year-old youth was beaten to death in Jharkhand.
“The brutal lynching of this young man by a mob in Jharkhand is a blot
on humanity. The cruelty of the police who held this dying boy in
custody for 4 days is shocking as is the silence of powerful voices in
the BJP ruled Central & State Govts,” Gandhi tweeted.
Tabrez Ansari, 24, was beaten up by locals for hours on June 18 in
Saraikela Kharsawan on suspicion of theft and later arrested. He
succumbed to injuries on Saturday. Eleven people were arrested in the
case, while two police personnel were suspended. They were
officers-in-charge of Kharaswan and Sini police stations.
Saraikela Kharsawan Superintendent of Police Karthik S said Ansari and
two others had entered a house in Seraikela village at night allegedly
with an intention to commit theft. However, the occupants of the house
woke up and raised an alarm, following which villagers caught hold of
Ansari and “manhandled” him, while his accomplices managed to flee, he
told reporters. Ansari was found to
be in possession of valuables, which he and and his associates had
allegedly stolen from other villages, the officer said.
The police reached the spot in the morning and took Ansari to jail on
the basis of a complaint from villagers, after administering first aid
to him. However, when his condition
deteriorated in jail on the same day, he was taken to the Sadar
Hospital, where he was diagnosed with multiple injuries, the SP said.
Ansari was subsequently referred to the Tata Main Hospital in
Jamshedpur. Earlier, the police had
said Ansari was tied to a pole and beaten up with sticks through the
night. The video in question, circulated widely on social media
platforms, was handed over to the police by Ansari’s family members and
it was being investigated, the SP said.
Ansari’s wife, Shaista Praveen, has accused the police of taking the
deceased to jail first, instead of a hospital. “The police should have
taken him to a hospital, instead of arresting him and sending him to
jail,” Praveen, who recently got married to Ansari, has said in her
complaint. The incident has triggered angry reactions from various political parties across the country.
“Tabrez Ansari was lynched to death in BJP-ruled Jharkhand. A Hindu mob
thrashed him ruthlessly because he refused to chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’. Is
this NDA 2.0’s New India? Yeh kaunsa tareeka hai sabka vishwas jeetnay
ka (what kind of a process is this to win everyone’s trust?,” Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) chief and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister
Mehbooba Mufti said in a tweet.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief and Member of
Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi said such incidents now followed a familiar
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. So much for sabka vishwas when we can
be killed over mere ‘suspicions’,” he said in a tweet.
The incident also found mention in the Rajya Sabha, when senior
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said Jharkhand had become a “lynching
factory”. “Dalits and Muslims are
being killed there every week. Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi, we are
with you in the fight of ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’, but it should be
there for people to see it. We cannot see it anywhere,” he said.