Massive Protest in Delhi Against Dropping of Murder Charges in Tabrez Lynching Case

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United Against Hate organised a huge protest against the Jharkhand government and police for dropping murder charges against the accused in the Tabrez Ansari’s lynching case. — Photo: Caravan Daily

Waquar Hasan| Caravan Daily

NEW DELHI – A large number of people gathered at the Jharkhand Bhavan here on Friday to protest against the Jharkhand government and police for dropping murder charges against the accused in the Tabrez Ansari’s lynching case.

The protest was organised by civil rights group, United Against Hate, in the wake of the Jharkhand police dropping murder charges against and conversion them into culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the accused in the Tabrez lynching case claiming that the victim had died of cardiac arrest. However, Tabrez’s family and their counsel alleged that the police are trying to protect the culprits by weakening the case.

In June, 24-year-old Tabrez Ansari was attacked by a mob in Kharsawan district of Jharkhand on the suspicion of theft and beat him up brutally for over 18 hours before handing him over to the police. He later succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital on June 22.

Well-known journalist Prashant Kanojia, who participated in the Jharkhand Bhavan protest on Friday, speaking on dropping murder charges in the Tabrez Ansari lynching case.

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Journalist Prashant Kanojia, who participated in the Jharkhand Bhavan protest, speaks to Caravan Daily.

The protesters were shocked and angry over the latest turn in the case. They raised slogans against Jharkhan Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Jharkhand the government and police, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rashtriya Swayanmsevak Sangh (RSS). On the occasion, they remembered all the lynching victims – Pehlu Khan, Mohammed Akhlaq, Alimuddin Ansari, Afrazul, Junaid etc.

The protesters submitted a letter addressed to Jharkhand chief minister to the concerned authority.

“Sir, today after two-and-a-half months, we are shocked to know that the same police in its chargesheet has dropped the charge of murder and is clearly trying to protect the murderers. The police chargsheet is trying to portray Tabrez’s death as a natural one that occurred due to cardiac arrest while we are well aware that his death was a result of the beating that he had to endure as well as the negligence of duty by the police that followed,” reads the letter.

Social activist Khalid Saifi, who participated in the Jharkhand Bhavan protest on Friday, speaking on dropping murder charges in the Tabrez Ansari lynching case.

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Social activist Khalid Saifi speaks to Caravan Daily during a protest outside Jharkhand Bhavan on Friday.

Nadeem Khan, an activist associated with United Against Hate, said whatever happened is open and known to everyone. Yet, the police claimed that he died of cardiac arrest. “There is video evidence. Despite having all the evidence, this case is facing such fate. You can imagine the fate of the rest of the cases,” Khan lamented.

He added that even the chargesheet filed by the police is saying that the mob had said thrash Tabrez till he dies. It’s intentional killing. How can the police convert this murder case into culpable homicide?

Social activist Nadeem Khan, who participated in the Jharkhand Bhavan protest on Friday, speaking on dropping murder charges in the Tabrez Ansari lynching case.

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Social activist Nadeem Khan speaks to Caravan Daily outside Jharkhand Bhavan, New Delhi during the protest.

Khalid Saifi, another activist affiliating to the UAH, echoed the views of Khan when he said that the whole world had seen how Tabrez was brutally killed by the mob. Yet, the police is converting the murder charges into culpable homicide. He said the government and police are trying to protect the culprits but they will continue to fight and will not rest till Tabrez’s family get justice. “From “sadak to sansad (road to parliament)” he said they will take recourse to all the measures to take this case to its logical conclusion.

Jwaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Apeksha Priyadarshani also accused the the government of trying to protect the murderers. That’s the reason why the murder charges have been dropped, she argues adding that the government wants to show their foot-soldiers that they are standing behind them while they can go and murder people.

Priyadarshani also said that in the lynching cases, the accused are being acquitted and murder charges are being dropped. This is happening because the government is treating Muslims and Dalits as second class citizens and don’t have even right to justice.

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