In yet another instance of Hindutva terrorism, a mob in the Indian state of Jharkhand thrashed and lynched a Muslim man for refusing to chant “Jai Shri Ram” (hail the deity Ram) and “Jai Hanuman” (hail the deity Hanuman).
Tabrez Ansari, a victim of a recent mob lynching that took place in Jharkhand, India on June 18, died on June 22 after he succumbed to his injuries in Seraikela Jail. A graphic video of the lynching was shared on social media, which enraged online users, Gulf News reported.
Tweep @imMAK02 shared a video of the incident with the caption: “One more mob lynching, Jharkhand. Tabrez Ansari aka Sonu was brutally thrashed by a mob in suspicion of theft. When he told his name to the mob, then mob beat him up brutally. Yesterday he died … Welcome to … Hindu Rashtra 2.0.”
When Mob came to know that he is Muslim, they forced him to shout Jai Sri Ram and Jai Hanuman and thrashed him brutally.
Muslim MPs bullied inside parliament and common Muslim lynched on street in Modi’s Hindu Rashtra 2.0
— Md Asif Khan آصِف (@imMAK02) June 23, 2019
In the video, Ansari was seen on the floor, surrounded by a mob, as a man thrashed him with a stick and other heavy objects.
Another video was uploaded by @imMAK02 where Ansari is seen with his hands behind his back, being forced to say Hindu phrases like “Jai Shri Ram” (hail the deity Ram) and “Jai Hanuman” (hail the deity Hanuman).
According to Indian newspaper The Avenue Mail of Jharkhand, Ansari was allegedly accused of theft and was arrested by villagers in Dhatkidih, Jamshedpur on June 18.
However, it later emerged that Tabrez Ansari worked in Pune as a welder and a laborer and had come to his village in Jharkhand’s Kharsawan district to celebrate Eid with his family. His family had also arranged his wedding during his visit.
The report also quoted his wife, Shaista Parveen, who said: “My husband had sustained injuries on the head. But police did not provide him proper treatment, which led to his death.”
Ansari fell unconscious in jail on June 22. He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead.
Maksud Ansari, the uncle of the deceased, told The Avenue Mail that his nephew had died in jail but the officials sent him to a hospital to “cover their nose”.
He demanded stringent action against the jail authorities and those involved.
Another Muslim man was attacked in Rohini, New Delhi, for not saying “Jai Shri Ram” when told to do so.
The victim was identified as Mohammad Momin, who was attacked by three people in a car, according to the Indian news agency, Asian News International (ANI).
In the complaint he filed with the police, he said he was stopped by a white car on the road. Thinking the people wanted directions, he went there.
In the report, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) S.D. Mishra was quoted as saying: “…three men inside the car asked him to read some religious lines. He, however, ignored and moved on after which they hit him.”
Momin said that on refusing to say the phrase out loud, they verbally abused him and hit him with their car.