The police of Jharkhand have dropped section 302 ( murder)of IPC from their charge sheet and instead added section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of IPC against the 11 accused who were part of the mob that lynched 22-year-old Tabrez Ansari in Saraikela-Kharaswan, Jharkhand.
The reason cited by the police is that the final post-mortem report of Tabrez Ansari said that he died of cardiac arrest. Another reason cited is that the villagers did not have the intention of killing Tabrez and that he did not die on the spot.
The first post mortem done in June, the report said that the death was caused by brain haemorrhage due to the injuries on the head. However, the board had reserved its opinion as forensic results were awaited.
On June 18th, Tabrez Ansari was tied to a pole and beaten up by a mob who accused him of theft and was forced to chant slogans hailing Ram and Hanuman. The police then arrested him on charges of theft and instead of providing medical treatment they lodged him in jail. And rushed him to the hospital only after days when his health deteriorated. But Tabrez succumbed to the injuries.
However, Kashif Raza Siddiqui, Secretary of Bahujan Kranti Morcha Jharkhand Branch, shared that he strongly feels that this is an attempt by the police to save the lynchers.
He informed Twocircles.net that he along with his team of Bahujan Kranti Morcha visited Tabrez Ansari’s uncle who informed them that section 302 has been removed and the police do not want the accused to be sentenced with death sentence or life imprisonment.
He also told us that, “Today both the judiciary and the police seem to favour the accused and are openly displaying their bias towards a particular community. People are losing their faith in the courts of justice.”
Kashif Raza Siddiqui also said that the national president of Bahujan Kranti Morcha, Waman Meshram, has said that if the 11 accused do not get the death penalty then we will take to streets to protest against the judgment.