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.
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.”
The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too.
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: PM @narendramodi
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 26, 2019
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.