In a shocking development in the mob-lynching case of 22-year old Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand's Kharsawa, the Police has dropped the murder charges claiming that the post mortem report is saying that he died due to cardiac arrest. Speaking to Republic TV, Ansari's lawyer Altaf Hussain alleged that the case is politically motivated. He also said that charges has been framed as per section 304, whereas it should have been registered under section 302. Hussain added that a petition has been filed that the chargesheet should file the case under section 302 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) stating 'punishment for murder'.
"Police has given the chargesheet as per 304 but it should be 302. The court has not accepted the chargesheet, the point of cognisance is pending. We have petitioned that the cognisance of the matter must be as per 302, we are waiting for the hearing. Let me tell you clearly, this is injustice. The post-mortem report says head injury. But doctor's report has modified it. It is politically motivated - they wanted to save the doctor, Police," Tabrez Ansari's lawyer said.
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 there are allegations 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 a chargesheet in the mob-lynching case as per two post-mortem reports that Ansari died of cardiac arrestand thereby dropped murder charges against 11 accused, the Opposition targeted the BJP. Opposition claimed that the case is being 'politically motivated'. Sandeep Dikshit of the Congress said: "Death happens due to cardic arrest but the reason of the arrest is obvisouly beatings he received. The incident was police fault,and thats why they are trying to change the clause. It is 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. He said: "Do you know why lynching after lynching is recorded & shared by culprits? Why each lynching is successively more gruesome than the previous one? Do you know why they don't stop? Because there is a higher chance that the prosecution will do its best to do a shoddy job."
Earlier, while addressing the Rajya Sabha in his Motion of Thanks speech, PM Modi had expressed his pain at the incidences of mob lynching in Jharkhand. PM Modi had said that those responsible must be punished by the law, but one must not hold the entire state responsible for these issues. "Jharkhand has become a hub for mob lynching. I am saddened by the death of the youths. Those responsible should get severe punishment, but is it okay that we blame entire Jharkhand for this issue? If we do so, we will never find any good people in any state. Those who are bad, we should isolate them and deal with them under the law. But if we hold the entire government at stake, we cannot govern. To defame the entire Jharkhand is not anyone's right. The constitutional process and law procedure to punish such miscreants is in place for this purpose only. And we should work towards punishing all those responsible," he had said.