A day after facing global condemnation on the gruesome murder of a Muslim man, the Jharkhand Police on Monday swung into action and arrested five suspects behind the lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Seraikela-Kharsawan district. Two policemen too have been suspended.
The district police chief Karthik S said on Monday that a special team of Jharkhand police formed to probe the murder of 24-year-old Ansari had arrested five people in connection with his lynching. The police have also suspended two policemen, identified as Sub-Inspector Chandramohan Oraon and Assistant Sub-Inspector Bipin Bihari Singh. The action against them has followed due to the complaint that they did not file a lynching case on 18 June.
A statement by the Jharkhand government said that the two officers had been suspended ‘for not reporting the seriousness of the issue on 18 June to higher authorities properly and register a case of lynching the very same day.’
Five people arrested so far include the prime accused Pappu Mandal, Kamal Mahto, Premchand Mahli, Bhim Mandal and Sonamu Pradhan of Daktidih village.
The video of Ansari’s lynching had gone viral on social media. In the video, Ansari was being forced to chant Jai Shri Ram and Jai Hanuman by a Hindutva mob.
Ansari was taken to the district hospital for treatment, but his family alleged that the cops had shown unusual haste in shifting him to the jail, where he allegedly succumbed to his injuries. However, speaking to Janta Ka Reporter, Karthik had said that Ansari condition worsened during the police custody but he died at the hospital.
Karthik had also denied any communal angle but could not explain why he was forced to chant Jai Shri Ram and Jai Hanuman, the slogans that have come become a symbol of militant Hindutva forces in India.
Tabrez was lynched by a mob on 18 June on suspicion of theft. He worked as a welder in Pune and had returned home Jharkhand to celebrate Eid with family and get married.