February 19, 2020 | 10:29 AM IST
mob lynching

Jharkhand police says Tabrez Ansari was not killed; drops murder charges against 11 accused

Jharkhand Police has dropped the murder charge against 11 accused in the death of Tabrez Ansari who was mob-lynched on June 18 at Saraikela-Kharsawan, Dhatkidih village. The chargesheet, submitted on 29 July by the police has dropped the charges of murder against Tabrez’s attackers.

The police said that the final post-mortem report said that Tabrez died of ‘cardiac arrest’, that hemorrhage in the head was not fatal and that it was ‘not a case of premeditated murder.’
The 11 accused have been charged under Section 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 341 (wrongful restraint), 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 325 (causing grievous hurt), 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 295A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings).

The 22-year-old was tied to a pole for theft and forcibly made to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’.  Ansari was later arrested on charges of theft and sent to judicial custody. He succumbed to his injuries four days later at a local hospital.

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