In a major development, Republic TV has accessed a video of the protest that was held in Ranchi against the lynching of 22-year-old Tabrez Ansari. In the visuals, a Congress spokesperson Shamsher Alam is seen on the stage at the protest venue. In videos accessed earlier, it was seen that violent ruckus was created at the protest and a mob from pelted stones at the bus carrying 50 students and even attempted to flame the vehicle. A person was stabbed during the violent incident. Sources said that he was allegedly trying to provoke the situation by creating a communal tension. Sources also said that some senior citizens stopped them.
In June, Ansari was lynched by a mob for allegedly stealing a motorcycle, succumbed to his injuries and died in Saraikela, Jharkhand. As per news agency ANI, Tabrej's family has alleged that the attack was communal. They also alleged that he was made to chant slogans of 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Jai Hanuman' by the locals.
Ansari who was on the way home to Saraikela from Jamshedpur last Tuesday was allegedly attacked by a mob barely 5 km away from his home. As per sources, videos of him being tied to a pole and being beaten for hours for allegedly stealing a motorbike have been widely circulated. Sources also reported that the mob which attacked Ansari chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Jai Hanuman' had handed him over to the police after he lost consciousness.
Expressing his pain at the incidences of mob lynching in Jharkhand, PM Modi on Wednesday, said that those responsible must be punished by the law and will be done so, but one must not hold the entire state responsible for these issues, addressing the Rajya Sabha in his Motion of Thanks speech.
"Jharkhand has become a hub for mob lynching. I am saddened by the death of the youth. Those responsible should get severe punishment, but is it okay that we blame 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.