Jharkhand Police restores murder charge against 11 killers of Tabrez Ansari after condemnation


The widespread condemnation may have forced the Jharkhand Police to reinstate the murder charge against the 11 alleged killers of Tabrez Ansari. The Jharkhand Police had come under huge condemnation earlier this month after it decided to drop the murder charge against the killers of the Muslim man in Jharkhand.

Tabrez Ansari

The murder charge was restored on Wednesday after the police obtained a fresh medical report. The decision to file a fresh charge-sheet against Ansari’s killers also followed the threat to sit on an indefinite fast by the latter’s wife.

The cops, according to news agency PTI, have now filed a supplementary charge-sheet before a court in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, retaining Section 302 of the IPC (murder) against the 11 accused.

The Jharkhand Police on 10 September sensationally dropped murder charges against all the 13 accused in the mob lynching case and converted it into one of culpable homicide not amounting to murder (Section 304 of the IPC) on the basis of postmortem, medical and forensic reports. The police had said that Ansari died of cardiac arrest.

Ansari was lynched to death in June by a mob, which also forced the 24-year-old Muslim man to chant Jai Shri Ram and Jai Hanuman. The victim had later succumbed to his injuries in the custody of the police.

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.