In another incident of mob lynching in BJP-ruled Jharkhand, one person has been killed and two injured after they were attacked on suspicion of cow slaughtering. Kalantus Barla, Philip Horo and Phagu Kachchap were attacked on Sunday in Jaltand Suari village of Khunti district after word spread that they had slaughtered a cow.
All three were rushed to a local hospital before being taken to Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) in Ranchi. However, one of them, 38-year-old Kalantus Barla, succumbed to his injuries later. DIG South Chhotanagpur, AV Homkar, was quoted by ANI as saying that ‘five people have been arrested and teams formed to nab other suspects.’
One person has lost his life, 2 critically injured after they were beaten by a mob of villagers over suspicion of selling banned meat, in Jharkhand’s Khunti yesterday. DIG AV Homkar, says, “five people have been arrested and teams formed to nab other suspects.” pic.twitter.com/nONMbnNHYW
— ANI (@ANI) September 23, 2019
Jharkhand has become a hotbed of mob lynchings in India with the state recording 17 of the 44 murders by mobs that India witnessed between May 2015 and December 2018.
The state’s BJP government recently faced global condemnation after a 24-year-old Muslim man Tabrez Ansari was killed by a mob which forced the victim to chant Jai Hanuman and Jai Shri Ram slogans. The police had later refused to charge Ansari’s killers with murder adding that the Muslim man died of cardiac arrest.
However, faced with condemnation and outrage, the state police changed its earlier decision and applied the murder charge later.
Ansari worked as a welder in Pune and had returned home to celebrate Eid and get married to Shaista. He was held by a mob on suspicion of theft as he was on his way to Jamshedpur with his friends on a motorbike.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too had condemned Ansari’s murder. Speaking in the parliament, he had said, “The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too.” However, the prime minister was also pained to note that a state governed by his party, the BJP, was being maligned for its incompetency to stop mob violence against minorities and other weaker sections.