Tabrez's Lynching: Jamiat Moves Jharkhand HC Seeking Action against Guilty Cops, Doctors
Ranchi, July 1— The Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind (Arshad Madani group) has filed a criminal writ petition in the Jharkhand High Court, on behalf of the family of Tabrez Ansari, seeking registration of criminal cases against policemen and doctors in the lynching case.
Tabrez Ansari @Sonu, who died on June 22, was brutally assaulted by a mob on June 18 on suspicion of theft in Jharkhand’s Saraikela-Kharswan district. The police reached the spot next morning and took him to the local police station. After first aid he was presented in the court and sent to jail on a theft complaint. The policed did not lodge any case against the mob. As his condition deteriorated in jail on June 22, he was taken to hospital where he died the same day. After his death and huge media and opposition uproar, police lodged case against the goons and 11 of them were arrested. Two cops were also suspended.
In the write petition, a CBI inquiry under the watch of a retired judge of the High Court has been demanded. The petitioner has also demanded that the CBI report be submitted in the HC.
Gulzar Ahmed Azmi, head of Jamiat’s legal cell, gave details about the petition to media persons in Mumbai on Monday.
He said that it has been demanded that guilty policemen and doctors in the Tabrez Ansari case be tried in a fast-track court and an FIR should be registered against Jail Superintendent and jail doctor. Cases should also be lodged against doctors present at the district civil hospital because both doctors did not give timely proper medical care to Tabrez otherwise he could be saved, said Azmi.
The petitioner has also urged the HC to order the state government to set up fast-track court according to the July 2018 order of the Supreme Court and the case should be tried as early as possible. Not only Tabrez’s case, but all cases of mob lynching and mob violence should be transferred to fast-track court and they should be disposed of within six months.
A protest against mob lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Ranchi, Jharkhand
Only Manipur has acted on the SC order. Except that state, neither centre nor any other state has implemented the SC order and this is resulting in growing cases of mob violence, Jamiat leader said.
The writ petition has been filed on behalf of Tabrez’s younger uncle Maqsood Ahmed through the legal cell of Maharashtra Jamiat Ulama.
A team of Jamiat leaders had met Tabrez’s family members along with senior advocate of Ranchi High Court Abdul Allam, Adv Sharjeel and district advocate Altaf Ahmed.
A protest against mob lynching in Delhi
The lynching of Tabrez had led to national outrage. Huge demonstrations were held in Delhi, Mumbai and over 50 other cities in the country.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi also attacked BJP and its leadership over the incidents of mob lynching – the latest one took place in BJP-ruled Jharkhand where a 22-year-old Muslim youth Tabrez Ansari was lynched over theft suspicion.
“The brutal lynching of this young man by a mob in Jharkhand is a blot on humanity. The cruelty of the police who held this dying boy in custody for 4 days is shocking as is the silence of powerful voices in the BJP-ruled Central & State Govts,” tweeted Rahul with #IndiaAgainstLynchTerror hashtag.
Day later, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condemned the brutal lynching of Tabrez, but he asked the Opposition parties not to defame the entire state for such sporadic incidents.
“We are sad at the mob lynching incident of Jharkhand. But it is not right for the Opposition to blame the entire state for this,” said PM Modi while referring to Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Monday remarks whereby he had attacked the BJP for incidents of lynching in Jharkhand.
“The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too. But, some people in the Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. Is this fair? Why are they insulting a state? None of us have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand,” said the PM.
PM Modi, while replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President's address in the Rajya Sabha, also said that “whoever are accused for the Jharkhand lynching should be brought to book and prosecuted as per law.”