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PM responds to Jharkhand lynching

June 27, 2019

Last Tuesday, a 24 year old man Tabrez Ansari was beaten to death by a mob at Jharkhand for allegedly stealing a motorcycle. Even though the crime was not proven, the youngster was tortured for over seven hours by the angry mob who forced him to chat Hindu hymns during his ordeal. The incident sparked national outrage and a Special Investigation Team (SIT) is looking into the case. On Wednesday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi responded to the killing saying that he is deeply pained by the incident. His response comes a day after Congress President Rahul Gandhi condemned attack.

Some people in the Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. Is this fair? Why are they insulting a state? None of us have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand-Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India

Modi added that violence of any kind must be dealt with strictly across the country. Jharkhand is currently being ruled by the BJP.

Ansari, who was returning home along with his friends, was caught by the mob who falsely alleged him of stealing a motorcycle. Ansari was later handed over to the cops by the mob. His relatives were not given permission to meet him. After four days in police custody, he was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead.

Rahul Gandhi, along with many other opposition leaders were criticised for keeping mum on the incident. He decided to respond a few days after the incident caught national attention.

"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. #IndiaAgainstLynchTerror", tweeted Gandhi.

Many social media users protested against the inefficiency of political leaders to tackle such incidents against minority communities.

"PM of India & CM of Jharkhand are predictably silent on the horrific lynching of a Muslim man, beaten for hours and forced to chant Jai Shri Ram. But "Opposition" leaders - @RahulGandhi @yadavtejashwi @Mayawati @yadavakhilesh & ors - your silence now means you are NO Opposition, tweeted Kavita Krishnan, Secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association.

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