Ranchi, Oct 12: This Muslim youth had not slaughtered cow, nor did he consume or store beef. His ‘crime’ was that he allegedly shared image of a slaughtered cow with a comment on Whatsapp. He was picked and brutally tortured by the police in Jamtara district of Jharkhand, alleges family of 22-year-old Minhaj Ansari.
The controversial Whatsapp image made rounds on 2nd Oct in Dighari village. Ansari was picked on 3rd October and lodged at the Narayanpura police station where he was allegedly tortured. When his condition deteriorated he was sent to Dhanbad Medical College & Hospital and from there he was shifted to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi on 7th Oct. Ansari, who would run a mobile repair shop in Kolkata, died at RIMS on 9th Oct.
As per the FIR lodged at the Narayanpur police station by Ansari’s mother on 6th Oct, he was brutally beaten by the officer in-charge of the police station and a resident of the neighbouring village inside the police station on 3rd Oct. the youth sustained internal injuries and slipped into coma. When her mother requested the officer not to beat him, she was also beaten and pushed out of the station.
“When police came to my home, my son pleaded innocence but he was dragged to police van and taken to police station. When I came to the police station I saw the police station in-charge and a villager mercilessly beating my son. When I requested the officer not to beat my son, he pounced on me and beat me up, twisted my arms, all my bangles were broken and my cloth were torn, he pushed me out of the station. I helplessly stood outside the station and saw my son being beaten before my eye,” said Ajhola Bibi, mother of Minhaj Ansari, in the FIR