A 24-year-old Muslim named Tabrez Ansari was attacked by a mob in Jhankhand’s Kharsawan district and beaten up mercilessly for hours on 18 June. He died in the hospital on 22 June, from the injuries.
The police told media that Tabrez was handed over to the police after being beaten up and was in judicial custody since June 18. On the morning of 22 June, his condition worsened and he was taken to the hospital where he died. While many people were involved in the mob that beat up Tabrez, the primary accused — one Pappu Mandal — was arrested after his death.
The incident took place in Dhatkidih, roughly 10 kilometres from where Tabrez lived.
Aurungzeb Ansari, a Jharkhand-based activist, told HuffPost India that the man worked as a labourer and welder in Pune. A month ago, Tabrez returned to his village to get married and also celebrate Eid with his wife and family. The activist said that on 18 June, Tabrez left for Jamshedpur at 5pm with two other men from his neighbourhood. On investigating, Ansari later found that the men he had left with has a ‘dubious’ reputation in the neighbourhood. “Their background is slightly sketchy and Tabrez did not know them very well. I think he was manipulated into going with them, we are still speaking to locals and figuring the matter,” Ansari said. He added that the mob accused Tabrez of being a thief and beat him up, while the other two men fled and has been absconding.
Several videos of the Jharkhand mob lynching have gone viral since the incident. In one of the videos, a man is seen hitting Tabrez Ansari with a wooden stick as the latter begs him to let him go.
Another video showed Tabrez being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”.