PM Modi ‘saddened’ by lynching of Tabrez Ansari but also pained by negative portrayal of BJP government


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday condemned the lynching of 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari by a mob, which had forced to chant Jai Shri Ram and Jai Hanuman before killing him.

Tabrez Ansari

Speaking in the parliament, Modi said, “The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too.” However, the prime minister appeared in pain 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.

Taking a dig at Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Modi said, “But, 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.”

Reacting to Ansari’s lynching in Jharkhand, Azad had said in the parliament, “Jharkhand has become a factory of lynching and violence. Dalits and Muslims are being killed there every week. PM Modi, we are with you in the fight of Sabka saath sabka vikas but it should be there for people to see it. We can’t see it anywhere.”

Ansari, who had returned home to celebrate Eid and get married, was killed by a mob on suspicions of being a thief. The role of the state police too had come under a scanner after Ansari’s family alleged that the deceased was taken away from the hospital despite sustaining grievous injuries and locked behind the bars.


  1. In a civilized society, even one lynching is too many. But India has seen a spate of them of late.

    According to, the recent Jharkhand mob lynching is the 11th case of hate crime in 2019. Till now, 4 people have been killed and 22 people injured in incidents of mob violence.

    An overwhelming 97% of these attacks took place after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government came to power in May 2014. About 86% of those killed were Muslims. In 21% of the cases, the police filed cases against the victims/survivors.
    Over the last 10 years, 297 hate crimes incidents have taken place across India, in which 98 people died and 722 people were injured.

    However, the data indicates a rapid increase in cases of mob violence over the past few years. Since 2015, 121 incidents of mob violence over cattle theft or slaughter have taken place compared to just 6 incidents from 2012 to 2014.

    Overall data from 2009 to 2019 indicates that in 59% cases the victims were Muslims; 28% of the incidents were related to alleged cattle theft or slaughter.

    The data indicates that 66% of these cases occurred in the BJP-ruled states.

    It’s time to enact an anti-lynching law. It is time for the National Campaign Against Mob Lynching (NCAML), which has initiated a campaign for a law against mob lynching. Also known as ‘Masuka’, short for Manav Suraksha Kanoon.
    Mass parallel NotInMyName: Anti-Lynching Movement In India is a must.
    Jai Hind


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