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20-year-old Muslim man beaten to death in Jharkhand over suspicion of theft

A 20-year-old Muslim youth was was tied to an electric pole in Ranchi and beaten to death by a Hindu mob over suspicion of theft on Friday.

“He had performed Roza at our home (in Pandari village in Chanho block) around 4.30am and gone out. He used to smoke ganja, but he never stole anything. After a while, I heard that villagers in nearby Mahuatoli were beating my son. I ran to Mahuatoli to find my son tied to an electric pole and being thrashed by some villagers,” The Telegraph quoted the deceased Wajid Ansari’s father Abdul Rahman Ansari as saying.

He succumbed to his injuries at a hospital the next day.

“The villagers said my son had entered someone’s house to steal. I asked what they had recovered from his possession. They said a packet of ganja had been found. My son was bleeding profusely. Soon, police reached the spot and took my son to hospital. He died a few hours later,” said Abdul Rahman Ansari.

“Is possessing ganja a reason to kill somebody?” asked 67-year-old Muslim man.

Abdul Rahman Ansari has named nine persons in the police complaint, of whom three have been arrested, The Telegraph reported.

“We have arrested Jeevan Oraon (in whose house Wajid had allegedly entered), Gobardhan Oraon and Nandu Oraon. We have lodged a case of murder. Other sections will be added based on the post-mortem report,” Chanho police station officer-in-charge Ranjay Kumar said to the newspaper.

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