Muslim man beaten to death, forced to chant Hindu slogans in India

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DELHI: A Muslim man was attacked by a mob in Indian state of Jharkhand on the suspicion of theft on June 18.

According to a report carried by India Today, the victim identifed as Tabrez Ansari was beaten up mercilessly for over 18 hours before being handed over to the police.

The 24-year-old succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital on June 22.

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”.

When he told his name to Mob, then Mob beaten him up brutally.

According to the reports, Tabrez was handed over to the police on June 18 after being beaten up by the mob and was in the judicial custody since that day. He was taken to a hospital on June 22 after his condition worsened.

Tabrez Ansari worked in Pune as a welder and a labourer and had come to his village in Jharkhand’s Kharsawan district to celebrate Eid with his family. His family had also arranged his wedding during his visit.

On the night of June 18, he left his village for Jamshedpur with two men. Aurungzeb Ansari, a Jharkhand-based activist, has claimed that Tabrez was unaware where the two men were taking him. Ansari told HuffPost India that Tabrez was manipulated into going with them.

While the two men fled the scene, the mob caught Tabrez and started beating him up. “Ghar mein ghusega [You will enter the house?],” one of the men is heard asking Tabrez.

Tabrez is, however, heard denying the charges and saying that the two other men did and he was asked to wait near the motorcycle. “I did not know anything,” he said. Towards the end of one of the videos, one of the men asks him to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”.

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