Eight days after murder charges were dropped from the charge sheet of 22-year-old Tabrez Ansari who was allegedly lynched by a mob in Jharkhand, the Jharkhand Police have reinstated it. A week earlier, the Jharkhand Police dropped the charges as per the post-mortem report that stated cardiac arrest as the reason for Ansari's death. Filing a supplementary charge sheet on Wednesday the Police brought back the murder charge based on a fresh medical report. The new charge sheet also included the names of two other accused.
On September 10, the Jharkhand Police filed a charge sheet against the accused in which they dropped the murder charges. The charges sheet was filed under Section 304 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) whereas the FIR registered after the alleged lynching was filed under Section 302 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder.) Following the development, Ansari's lawyer and his wife demanded the return of murder charges while the Opposition blamed the BJP government in the state.
On June 18 this year, 22-year-old Tabrez Ansari was allegedly attacked by a mob while he was on his way back to Saraikela from Jamshedpur. He was allegedly attacked 5 km away from his home. Videos of him being tied to a pole and being beaten for hours surfaced soon after the day. He was allegedly captured for stealing a motorbike. Sources also reported that the mob forced Ansari to chant 'Jai Shri Ram'. Reports say that he was handed over to Police after he lost consciousness. On June 22, he died in hospital.
As the Police filed the charge sheet dropping the murder charges against 11 accused, the Opposition targeted the BJP. Opposition claimed that the case is being 'politically motivated'. Congress' Digvijaya Singh accused the Home Minister saying: "As I said earlier with Amit Shah as GOI Home Minister what else do you expect? The Prosecution and Defence are on the same page to save BJP activists and sympathisers whether they are Mob Lynchers or Terror accused. Gujarat Model of Governance." AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi took to Twitter and targeted the 'shoddy job' of the prosecution.