Jharkhand: 11 Men Arrested In Mob Killing, Report To Be Submitted Tomorrow

Jharkhand: 11 Men Arrested In Mob Killing, Report To Be Submitted Tomorrow

Jharkhand: 11 Men Arrested In Mob Killing, Report To Be Submitted Tomorrow 

New Delhi: After a shocking case of mob lynching in Jharkhand, the arrest of eleven men has been made and two police officers suspended. The 24 year old man, Shams Tabrez, who was accused of stealing a motorcycle, was tied to a pole, brutally beaten and forced to chant "Jai Shri Ram" and "Jai Hanuman". He was handed over to the authorities only after he fell unconscious and died four days later in police custody.

The special investigation team (SIT) in charge of the inquiry has been asked to submit its report to the Home Secretary and the Chief Secretary by Wednesday.

The relative of the victim said that Tabrez and a group of his friends were going home, traveling from Jamshedpur to Saraikela-Kharsawan's Karsova, when they were attacked barely five kilometres from home.

"He was mercilessly beaten as he was Muslim. I don't have anybody, no in-laws. My husband was my only support. I want justice," Shahista Parveen, Tabrez's wife said.

The victim's family had alleged that despite the appeals, the cops had not arranged for proper treatment of Tabrez and even they were not allowed to meet him, and that he died long before he was taken to a hospital. Tabrez's family has demanded action against all concerned, including the police and the doctors, who have yet to be questioned.

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"We are looking into all angles. His family members mentioned some unidentified miscreants in their complaint. Based on that, we have already arrested eleven people, including a man named Papu Mandal," Seraikela-Kharsawan Superintendent of Police Karthik S said.

The Congress, which is the main oppostion party in the state, has demanded Rs. 25 lakh compensation and a government job for his wife.

The police which is facing with mounting anger from across the country, to lapses in procedure and formed a SIT. In addition, two officers - Chandramohan Oraon and Bipin Bihari - have been suspended for "not reporting the seriousness of the issue to the higher authorities" and for their failure to "register a case of lynching on the very same day", a government statement said.

Asaduddin Owaisi, the politician of Hyderabad was quoted by news agency ANI as criticising the BJP and the RSS for having "successfully created a mindset where Muslims are seen as terrorists, anti-nationals & cow slaughters".

Mehbooba Mufti, the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir also expressed concern, hitting out at "NDA 2.0's New India".

Meanwhile, a Jharkhand minister said it was wrong to politicise mob killings. The trend these days, CP Singh said, was to "associate such incidents with the BJP, RSS, VHP and Bajrang Dal. It is a time of 'cut and paste' - who fits what words where is difficult to say".

Data from fact-checking website FactChecker.in shows the attack on Tabrez was the eleventh incident of hate crime this year. In 59 per cent of the cases, the victims have been Muslims and 28 per cent of the incidents have been over cow-related issues.

(With input from news agency PTI)

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