Police Negligence, Doctors' Lapses Killed Tabrez Ansari, Finds Inquiry

Tabrez Ansari was thrashed and forced to chant "Jai Shri Ram" by a mob that accused him of stealing a motorcycle. He was beaten for hours before falling unconscious and handed over to police officials. He died in custody four days later

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Tabrez Ansari, 24, was travelling with friends when a mob accused him of stealing a motorcycle


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Highlights

  1. Report said Tabrez Ansari died due to police negligence, doctors' lapses
  2. Police arrived late and the two doctors did not take the matter seriously
  3. He was accused of stealing, thrashed and made to chant "Jai Shri Ram"

Tabrez Ansari, who was thrashed in Jharkhand last month by a mob that forced him to chant "Jai Shri Ram", died due to the negligence of police officials and lapses on the part of doctors, a government inquiry has found.

Police officials arrived too late and the doctor who treated Tabrez Ansari, 24, "did not take the matter seriously", concluded the inquiry panel.

On June 18 Tabrez Ansari was travelling with friends when around 5 km from his home a mob accused him of stealing a motorcycle.

He was tied to a pole and beaten for over seven hours before being handed over to the police.

In a horrific mobile phone video, Tabrez Ansari is seen on the ground with his hands tied; he is thrashed and forced to chant "Jai Shri Ram" and "Jai Hanuman". The assault went on for hours before he fell unconscious and the police finally arrived.

Ansari, wounded and barely conscious, was arrested for theft before being taken to hospital. The two doctors who examined him cleared him for jail instead of recommending treatment and hospitalisation. When his condition deteriorated, he was taken four days later to a hospital, where he was declared dead.

"He was mercilessly beaten as he was Muslim. I don't have anybody, no in-laws. My husband was my only support. I want justice," Shahista Parveen, Tabrez Ansari's wife said.

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Tabrez Ansari's wife (right) said he was beaten to death because of his religion.

On Tuesday video-messaging app TikTok deleted a clip linked to the death of Tabrez Ansari and accused the men who uploaded the clip of "hate-mongering". The clip was deleted after the Mumbai Police registered a complaint from Shiv Sena activist Ramesh Solanki.

The deleted video showed five men - Faisal Shaikh, Hasnain Khan, Faiz Baloch, Adnan Shaikh and Sadhan Faroqui - saying, "You may have killed that innocent Tabrez Ansari, but tomorrow if his son takes revenge, do not say that all Muslims are terrorists."

After the attack 11 men were arrested and two police officers suspended. Action against the doctors was on hold pending the results of the inquiry.

Earlier this week the Jharkhand High Court sought a report on the incident.

A public meeting called last week to protest Tabrez Ansari's death turned violent after stones were thrown at a bus and several vehicles were vandalised. In response, three Muslim men were thrashed.



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