TDN World Desk: Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that stringent action will be taken against those involved in mob lynching. He also asserted that while dealing with the cases there will be no discrimination on the basis caste or religion.
His statement came days after Tabrez Ansari was lynched on suspicion of theft by a group of people. The purported video clip of beating Ansari showed that Tabrez was also forced to chant ” Jai Shri Ram” and ” Jai Hanuman” by the angry mob. So far 11 people were arrested in connection with the lynching incident.
Speaking to PTI, CM Raghubar Das Said, ” government strongly condemns this incident. Our commitment is to punish the criminals… Jharkhand is the only state in the country where such cases are taken up on a fast-track basis with quick punishment to the guilty.”
It is to be noted that in the last four years, since 2014 when BJP came in power, so far 18 mob lynching cases happened in the state.
Earlier, Congress spokes person in Jharkhand Alok Dubey took jibe at the ruling BJP party, he claimed that the state has a history of mob lynchings.
In an interview to India Today he tried to substantiate his point with statistics.
He said, ” On March 18, 2016, Malum Ansari and Imtiyaz Khan lost their lives. On May 18, 2017, six people were killed in Jamshedpur. On June 27, 2017, Alimuddin Ansari was thrashed brutally. His perpetrators were convicted and sentenced for life imprisonment. On August 19, 2017, Murtaza Ansari and Ramesh Minz were beaten to death by a mob in Godda district in a love jihad case. Again, on September 9, 2018, Wakil Khan was lynched by a mob in Palamu. Prakash Lakda was killed on April 10 after he was found in possession of meat.”
The alarming rise of mob lynching incidents in the state also discussed in parliament. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad addressing the upper house said on June 24 that Jharkhand has become a lynch factory.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, while condemning the lynching of Tabrez, objected to blaming the state for mob lynching.
He said, in his speech, ” Is this fair? Why are they insulting a state? None of us have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand.”
“All kinds of violence, whether in Jharkhand or West Bengal or Kerala, should be treated as same and law, should take its course,” added he.
However it also need to be note that in 2017 Bharatiya Janata Party union minister Jayanta Sinha garlanded the accused in the mob lynching of a 45-yera-old meat trader Aluminium Ansari in his residence Hazaribagh. The BJP minister also revealed to media that his party (BJP) also paid for the legal expenses of the lynch-accused.