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Citizens protest mob lynching

  • On 26 June, United Against Hate, a group of concerned citizens, organised protests and candlelight vigils seeking justice for Tabrez Ansari in 50 cities across India. Ansari was brutally lynched by a mob in Dhatkidih village in Jharkhand on 18 June.

     

     

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  • Leaders like Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Professor Apoorvanand Jha took part in the protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Activist Kavita Krishnan of People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) and Annie Raja of National Federation of Indian Women (NFIW) were also in attendance.

     

     

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  • Protestors raised slogans against the BJP government. Umar Khalid spoke of the threat to the secular fabric of the nation by rising communalism. He emphasized that Ansari’s murder should concern all minority communities and not just the Muslim community.

     

     

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promise of ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ was countered by ‘Kiska Saath, Kiska Vikas’. On 18th June, Ansari was tied to a pole by a mob who accused him of theft and beat him mercilessly. Graphic videos of the incident flooded social media. They showed Ansari being forced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’ by the mob.

     

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  • Ansari was kept in judicial custody on suspicion of theft after he was beaten up. The police took him to the hospital too late. On 22nd June, Ansari died due to his injuries.  

     

     

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  • Jharkhand alone has seen 18 incidents of brutal lynching in the past three years. Many protestors held up posters demanding that Raghubar Das, Jharkhand’s chief minister, step down. There was outrage over Tabrez Ansari’s death and repeated targeted attacks against religious minorities.

     

     

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